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, poetry, 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. This course will also look at the relationship of other media to painting; ways in which painting can borrow from, hijack and absorb other forms of image making and ideas as well as painting from 1900 up until the ’expanded field of painting’. Throughout you will be given the opportunity to investigate ways of sparking off poetic combinations of images, narratives and materials to create curious and intriguing works.


  • 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 project (with support).


The unit aims to

  • A1 explore in depth a range of processes and techniques for painting
  • 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)