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The Dynamics of Landscape: Movement and Change (Online) (10 credit points)

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Students will research and develop a body of work about the landscape informed by researching a range of ‘dynamic’ systems of the natural world. This course will encourage the student to respond imaginatively to the ideas of movement and change through personal and set projects. Employing a range of drawing approaches, the student will research different fields of knowledge to inform the scope of making images that reflect a personal response to the landscape and natural phenomena. Examples of sources that will be used are microorganisms, soil, rock, and atmospheric conditions. 

Short 1:1 sessions with the tutor will be offered to students once a week within the times outlined below:
Monday 10.30-11.30 and Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm 

Course will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate and Learn.

Course Details

Special Information

Materials and equipment you will need for the first class:

  • Small notebook
  • A3 or A4 spiral bound sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Black and coloured marker pens
  • Coloured medium of choice (watercolour, acrylic, chalk or oil pastels etc)
  • Small tube of black oil paint
  • Erasure
  • Fine sandpaper
  • A3 newsprint paper and a sheet of white cartridge paper A3 (for monotype) 
  • Craft knife
  • Colourful collage papers
Remainig course materials:
  • Basic drawing medium including coloured pastels and coloured oil pastels and watercolour, gouache, or acrylic paint

  • Glue or acrylic medium matt, gum Arabic watercolour medium

  • Collage paper (wallpapers, newspaper cuttings, fragments of old paintings, drawings and collages, rice paper, tissue paper, baking parchment)

  • Fabric off cuts –any kind of woven cloth (opaque as well as transparent), canvas (raw as well as primed and tinted)

  • Plastic sheet A3 (for mono-printing and drawing support)

Content of Course

1. Experiment with mixed media to create a range of surface qualities, marks, and grounds.
2. Collect and select visual information on ecological systems in the sketchbook.
3. Adapt and modify fragments of maps and abstract patterns to use as collage fragments.
4. Create a series of composite working drawings which explore transparent and opaque qualities of materials.
5. Using Mono print technique, collage and transfer make a series of test pieces in mono chrome.
6. Develop colour studies.
7. Explore the impact of changing scale using paint and collage
8. Employ cropping technique to define starting points for working in series.
9. Introduction to a range of relevant artists
10. Keep a log/blog during the period of the course to record learning, achievements, and challenges.
11. Participate in group discussion and critiques.

Teaching method(s)

Ideally you should have;

An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome recommended) 

Microphone (ideally headset) and Webcam 

Strong Internet connection

Teaching will be fully online and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor.  Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.
For students taking a course for credit you will be required to undertaken work outwith the class, which your tutor will outline, including practical directed study activities and by keeping a reflective Learning Journal. Directed study will include developing further practical work alongside research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks and reflections made within a digital learning journal. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a work ethic in the sketchbook that reflects a sense of engagement and evidence of deeper self-directed study in aspects of patterns in nature.

  • Employ a mixed media approach imaginatively, to produce a range of works that explore a personal response to the idea of change and movement in landscape

  • Develop and present a coherent series of related artworks which considers the potential of using abstract natural patterns as a vehicle of expression in landscape based works


Core Readings

  • SHELDRAKE, M., 2020, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape our Futures, Penguin Random House

  • ALLTHORPE-GUYTON, A., TUCKER, M., LAMPERT, C. 2009. Ian McKeever (Histories of Vision S.). Lund Humphries 

  • KIRKEBY, P., LLOYD, J., 1998, Per Kirkeby, Tate Gallery

Web Sources

Ian Mckeever Interview: Mystery to the Viewer

Julie Mehretu Interview: The In- Between Place

Kiki Smith Interview: In a Wandering Way

Anupama Kundoo Interview: Nothing is Fixed

Shara Hughes: Changing the Way We See

Per Kirkeby Interview: We build upon ruins

Entangled Life Merlin Sheldrake


Details of the Art and Design assessment requirements can be found on the short course website. Please click on the following link for more information: Submission and Assessment Information

Studying for Credit

If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.