Exploring the Visual Arts Through Drawing and Painting

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Exploring the Visual Arts Through Drawing and Painting

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    How to make art works in drawing and painting media, with extension into a further media investigation. Develops an understanding of the relationships of art and artists to their historical and social settings. Allows students to explore and develop personal imagery in negotiated projects in visual arts practice.

    Course Structure
    The purpose of this paper is to equip students with little previous art experience, or those who do have some experience in this subject, to engage in a negotiated, personal art investigation. The paper will allow students to learn processes for drawing for investigation and for the generation and development of art projects. It will introduce students to an appropriate range of media and technical processes in drawing, painting and an appropriate extension medium, and it will introduce students to the range of formal and conventional practices necessary to inform their own art making. The paper will also develop the skills necessary to investigate, analyse and evaluate the works of other artists in related contexts in ways that can contribute to the development of students own art projects.

    - Researching and generating ideas for art purposes
    - Exploration of formal elements and conventions of art
    - Developing imagery and process to extend personal ideas
    - Responding to artists' works
    - Presentation and evaluation of art investigations

    Learning Outcomes
    At the end of the paper the students will be able to:
    1. Explore sensory, emotional, spiritual or intellectual awareness through art experiences
    2. Generate personal imagery and extend in drawing and painting and related media
    3. Evaluate their own and others' work
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts related to drawing and painting and related media
    5. Recognise aspects of New Zealand, European and Pacific traditions

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