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Festival Insights: Introducing Contemporary Art Practice

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This two day course offers a reflective and critical introduction to contemporary art practice in the context of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Some experience in personal art practice is essential and a keen interest in developing their work further would be advantageous.

Special Infomation

Available to purchase during course

Basic materials such as paper, card will be available

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

Sketchbooks,

Content of Course

The course teaching is delivered over an intensive period of two consecutive day sessions, each with six hours class contact time. Over the class sessions the course will cover:

  • Gallery visit
  • Group critique/discussion
  • Studio work
  • Group exhibition/critique

Teaching method(s)

The teaching will be based and delivered mainly in specialist art and design studios and will typically include an introduction to Modernism and Postmodernism, supported by field trips to contemporary art exhibitions. Over the two days, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include one-to-one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists or designers and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness of visual culture. Students will be expected to demonstrate how the research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks or visual journals and practical outcomes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • critically engage with some of the ideas and practices of contemporary art and exhibitions;
  • begin to integrate elements of contemporary art practice with their own work;
  • understand how to present their work with others.

Sources

Core Readings

Smith, Terry, 2009. What is Contemporary Art? Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Hatherley, Owen, 2008.  Militant Modernism.  Winchester: Zero Books

Heartney, Eleanor, 2001. Postmodernism. London: Tate Publishing

http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/m/modernism

https://philosophynow.org/issues/58/The_Death_of_Postmodernism_And_Beyond

Class Handouts

Course notes will be provided.

Student support

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email StudentSupport.COL@ed.ac.uk or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.