Painting 2: Studio Practice

Course Level: 2 (HE5) | HE Credits: 60 | Approx. Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week


Through this course you will learn ways of pushing your painting practice forward in new, exciting and innovative ways. By building on your practice to date this course will introduce you to ways of developing your individual material and visual concerns through reflective practice, gallery visits and a learning log.

Each of the painting projects will open you to different ways of seeing, interpreting and making that build on each other. In parallel you will be encouraged to research relevant theories that might underpin your own investigations in order to begin to contextualise your practice. You will be guided through ways in which to ground your practice both historically and in terms of contemporary practitioners painting today.

Situating your practice within the wider field of visual culture, such as film, theatre, etc, is a key component of this course. This research led method of working will be a means to specify and focus your interests, research and development, which will be reflected in your learning log and critical evaluation. Addressing painting from 1900 to the present day, this course will consider the ’expanded field of painting’ looking at the relationship between painting, its practices and other media. You will consider ways in which painting can borrow from, hijack and absorb other forms of image making and how paintings’ practice has been expanded through the concerns and sensibilities encompassed within areas such as sculpture, performance, installation, photography and video. Through the course you will be given the opportunity to investigate what painting can be and investigate how moving beyond the canvas to work with image, abstract elements, narrative and materials, can create thought provoking and visually arresting pieces.


  • The expanded field of painting; materials and techniques
  • Found, invented and local colour
  • Relationship between the Picture Plane and Picture Surface
  • Contemporary approaches to composition
  • Contemporary approaches to the Still life
  • Contemporary approaches to painting the figure
  • Independent practical project (with support) and written contextual study


The aims of this unit are to:

  • A1 explore in depth a range of processes and techniques for painting and other media.
  • A2 use a range of visual and contextual research to inform your practice
  • A3 experiment with a range of techniques and processes to expand your practice
  • A4 understand the development of painting since the 1900s and reflect on your own practice


On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • LO1 demonstrate a rigorous engagement with painting skills (A1)
  • LO2 communicate complex ideas through your practice (A2)
  • LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice (A3)
  • LO4 situate, reflect and critique developments in painting since 1900s and reflect on your own learning (A4)