This module will establish drawing as a valuable means by which to encounter the world, and a fundamental framework from which greater visual awareness can develop.
It will explore the expanded process of drawing as a vehicle for observing, recording and analysing visual material. It will provide strategies for locating, gathering and organising practice research.
The module will enable students to learn a variety of approaches to visual research through a sequence of thematic projects.
Both theoretical and practical exercises will develop students’ ability to collect visual information from a variety of sources and effectively synthesise it for their wider practice.
Exercises/projects will introduce students to four thematic aspects of fine art practice, and, through these, provide them with a portfolio of strategies for visual research:
Time: (e.g. drawing as narrative, drawing as gesture, drawing as reportage, drawing as performance)
Construction: (e.g. drawing as maquette, drawing as scaffolding, drawing as proposition, drawing as assemblage)
Image: (e.g. drawing as description, drawing as representation, drawing as transposition, drawing as poem)
Site: (e.g. drawing as mapping, drawing as scenography, drawing as excavation, drawing as taxonomy)
The module is divided according to these thematic aspects, with an interim assessed presentation of documented drawing practice; leading to an assessment exhibition of a body of work that may include registers of practice that relate to drawing in its expanded forms: e.g. sketchbooks, texts, drawings, films, objects, scores, photographic documentation.
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Develop a broad contextual understanding of collaborative or independent drawing practice and critical awareness of its relevance to current debate.
2. Explore and critically assess a range of drawing languages for visual research.
3. Share ideas and visual research through a range of drawing approaches, with reference to an identified audience.