Single Unit Course
Drawing Techniques and Approaches

Content

In this unit students will be encouraged to develop visual thinking and creativity as fundamental to all design work. It will enable learners to experiment with drawing approaches and techniques in order to broaden their experience and understanding of visual language. Learners will need to use materials and media which are specific to design, as well as unusual materials and media which will extend their visual language and creativity.

Aims

Encourage students to develop visual thinking and creativity as fundamental to all art, design or craft work. To enable students to experiment with drawing approaches and techniques in order to broaden their experience and understanding of visual language. Introduce students to a variety of materials and media which are specific to art, craft and design, as well as unusual materials and media which may extend visual language and creativity.

Teaching & Learning Strategy

Students will be exposed to a wide a range of good-quality examples. In particular the study of visual language in relation to different cultural contexts will be wide ranging, with a particular focus on markmaking techniques, formal elements, and responses, moods and emotions evoked. Students are encouraged to look at contemporary youth culture as well as historic sources for reference. Students will evaluate their own use of visual language. Unusual materials and media which may extend visual thinking and creativity, as well as materials and media which are specific to art, craft and design, will be used. Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through discussion, presentation, criticism with tutors, professional practitioners and peer group. Discussion and criticism will be constructive and will build on the student’s skills and potential. Formal elements and visual dynamics are essential parts of the vocabulary for all artists, craftspeople and designers. These technical terms will be used in discussion with students about art, craft and design work. Research is a basic skill that is developed through this unit in order to broaden visual thinking and creativity in art, craft and design. Students will be encouraged to research others’ work and critically analyse their use of materials and media, techniques and processes to improve the quality of their own work.

Assessment

Evidence for this module can be generated through exploratory work using the formal elements of 2D visual language and markmaking techniques. Work produced should effectively communicate a theme and evoke responses from the viewer. Students can present analysis and evaluation of their own and others’ work in written assignments or to peer groups and/or tutors for discussion. Students should be able to articulate their own thinking using appropriate language, through discussion and evaluation, demonstrating a broader understanding of visual thinking and creativity in their work. Students will present a juxtaposition of concepts, subjects, techniques and materials through a range of work that shows originality and innovation.