Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Project 1: Course Plan and Programme

I appreciate this is coming to you by drip-feed but the limitations of Blogger determine that.
Anyway, you wouldn't want it all in one go - what would you do tomorrow night with nothing on the telly and nothing to look forward to? :o)

The second part of Project 1 was to devise a Course Plan setting out each intended stage with space for each Tutorial. The Course allows for 12 half-hour sessions with the Tutor and I am determined not to over-run and have to pay for additional tutorials. How un-professional would that be? How sore would that be?

So, here is the Course Plan in summary form:

Course Plan: Summary

Project 1: Creation of Course Plan,
First Tutorial: Consider Project 1 and agree Course Plan.
Discuss Project 2.

Project 2: Single and Combined Figures.
Aims: To explore compositions with single figures and groups.
To consider appropriate painting methods and how to improve them.
Outcomes: Sketchbook and colour studies;
4, or more, medium-sized paintings.
Second Tutorial: Consider work done for Project 2.
Agree topic for Extended Written Project.
Discuss Project 3.

Project 3: Abstract Painting.
Aims: To explore and learn more about abstract painting.
To explore the terms “free abstract” and “colour field“.
Outcomes: Sketchbook and colour studies;
4, or more, medium-sized paintings.
Third Tutorial: Consider work done for Project 3.
Discuss Project 4.

Project 4: Feelings and Emotions.
Aims
: To explore a range of feelings and emotions and how they can be represented in paint.
Outcomes: Sketchbook and colour studies.
4, or more, small to medium-sized paintings.
Fourth Tutorial: Consider work done for Project 4.
Discuss Extended Written project and approve.
Discuss Project 5.

Project 5: Semi-abstract Figure Compositions.
Aims: To combine the use of figures with abstract imagery.
Outcomes: To create a series of 10 , or more, small, medium, and large paintings.
Fifth Tutorial: Consider work done for Project 5.
Summarise achievements of Course.

Course Programme: Attached is a proposed timeline schedule of the Course Plan.


I hope you can read this as I am unable to upload the Excel file. The main points to note are that I have made ample allowance for some holidays in the sun, and the red dots indicate submission date in January next year for assessment, followed by actual date of that Assessment in March.

The First Tutorial has, of course, come and gone and I'm pleased to report that the tutor agrees with what I propose.

Tomorrow (or soon thereafter you will see the details of each Project as proposed.

3 comments:

Andrea Kobayashi 小林アンドレア said...

I've read what you've posted thus far and I'm impressed by the high degree of organisation and the *speeeed* with which this is all happening.

I have some points I'd like to raise on the use of terminology.

As far as I use them, 'figuration' and 'abstraction' are opposite terms. Figuration means objective or representational i.e. what you see is what you know. Abstraction is a step towards non-objective or non-representational; what you see may not look much like what you know.

To me you are using the term abstraction in the correct context here. However, 'figure' and 'figuration' are not the same thing in art terminology. 'Abstraction of the figure', or 'expressive abstraction of the figure', to me, makes more sense of what you are doing here than 'figurative semi-abstraction', which sounds like 'representational semi-non-respresentational'!

I also think the particle 'semi-' is redundant as abstraction exists in degrees before it reaches it's visual apex in non-objective art.

What are you reading? If you want any advice on a reading list, let me know.

Melinda said...

This is just wonderful, David. I am most impressed by your plan and know that you are going to succeed.

I did try to offer 'attaboys' when you first started, but somehow was blocked. Glad that you are doing so well.

Best wishes always!!

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Thanks Andrea. The term semi- abstract is my own to describe as you put it one of the in-between "degrees" towards the abstract. I use it for emphasis to differentiate between pure abstract and representational figurative.

And thanks Melinda. I tried to invite Edgar also but as he has the same email address it apparently didn't get to him. You should let him have his own and give the lad a bit of freedom!