Category Archive: Coursework

5-4-2 Assignment 5 : Series of five paintings

For this project develop a series of five pictures using methods and a subject of your own choice.  For your paintings you will need to establish the aspects of the work that links… Continue reading

5-4-1 Prep for Assignment 5

For this project develop a series of five pictures using methods and a subject of your own choice.  For your paintings you will need to establish the aspects of the work that links… Continue reading

5-3-5 Exercise: Working with music

Listen to four or five very different pieces of instrumental music.  Each piece should different in mood, instrumentation and style.  Select music that is sustained and listen once perhaps making some notes.  Now… Continue reading

5-3-4 Exercise: Free expression

In this exercise you are asked to draw on subconscious thoughts, memories and associations. You may wish to include objects, but try to ensure that in some of your experiments there is no… Continue reading

5-3-3 Exercise: Magnification

You can find abstraction through observation is to draw or paint your scene or subject and then to isolate an area of it that interests you. You can then look at your study… Continue reading

5-3-2 Exercise: Themed collage and painting

Choose images (photographs and studies) that you don’t mind tearing up. Cut or tear out parts of them which you think are most characteristic of the place as you remember it.  Some fragments… Continue reading

5-3-1 Exercise: Collage made from random elements

Research: Find one or two Cubist paper collages and assess their effects with some brief notes in your learning log.  Widen your research into collage and painting. Look for at least two other… Continue reading

5-2-5 Research Point : Compare pure watercolour and mixed media

Make comparative notes on the differences between pure watercolour and mixed media. OCA Course book . . . …… Watercolour can be used in many ways and in combination with different media. However,… Continue reading

5-2-4 Exercise: Using resists experimentally

Try out a few experiments in your sketchbook or on a spare piece of paper.  Choose any subject, use A3 or larger sheets of watercolour paper placed over newspaper (to avoid mess). Have… Continue reading

5-2-3 Exercise: Mixed media on coloured and white paper

Make four small studies in your sketchbook in any medium you like of a scene or collection of objects.  Make at least two studies on pages that you have coloured.  Then make two… Continue reading

5-2-2 Research Point : Moore’s – Sleepers and John Marin’s The Singer Building

Look for other examples of mixed media pictures such as Henry Moore’s Pink and Green Sleepers (shown page 35 course book / notes) which uses wax resist and John Marin’s The Singer Building… Continue reading

5-2-1 Exercise: Exploring one subject in a variety of ways

Now make at least four paintings in which you introduce a new medium or combination of media with each study. For example: Pen and watercolour Pen, crayon and watercolour Crayon, watercolour and oil… Continue reading

5-1-3 Exercise: Painting a landscape on coloured paper

Go to one of your familiar landscape settings, use an A4 or smaller watercolour pad.  Before you go colour wash (mid-toned colours) two or three sheets from your pad and dry.  You will… Continue reading

5-1-2 Exercise: Drawing on a coloured ground

You will need a range of watercolours and any drawing media such as pencil, conte crayon, or charcoal, plus opaque media such as pale or white gouache, oil pastel or acrylic paint. Find… Continue reading

5-1-1 Exercise: Tonal studies made on a coloured ground

Tone paper each sheet a different mid-toned colour such as green, brown or red.  Avoid very pale colours like yellow and very dark colours such as burnt umber or black. Subject : need… Continue reading

4-6-2 Assignment 4 : Landscape painting with mixed elements and features

Look carefully at all of the relevant studies and exercises you have undertaken and plan your painting. Working on an A3 sheet or larger compose a landscape that includes at least three of… Continue reading

4-5-4 Exercise: Human figure in the landscape

You could : make a separate study of a group or individual then place this group into a landscape that you work on in situ or that you have created from various sources… Continue reading

4-5-3 Exercise: Animals in the landscape

Visit an area where you know that there are sheep, cattle or horses and, working in a sketch pad, make lots of studies of them in pencil. Shade with pencil or use a… Continue reading

4-5-2 Exercise: Painting rocks

You will need an A3 or A4 watercolour pad and sketchpad also your drawing and painting media. Find a location to sit undisturbed where you can work out an interesting and dynamic composition.… Continue reading

4-5-1 Exercise: Painting trees

Exercise: Painting trees Work on two contrasting paintings that feature trees. If you do both paintings on the same day, notice exactly where the light has shifted to while you have been working.… Continue reading