Undergraduate Degree




DA2001 Painting

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To deliver to students a practice-based studio-centred introduction to traditional painting media. To offer an overview of how to construct a painted image using a wide range of sources as reference.


This course is a practice-based introduction to painting and will cover the preparation of various surfaces, how to mix colour, methods of application and basic control of materials and tools. The students will learn how a painting can be constructed from observation, reference, studies and imagination. This course would be suitable for illustrators, animators and anyone wishing to investigate the use and application of traditional painting media.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Short introduction to the history or painting

• Paints

- Oil, acrylic, watercolour, gauche etc

• Preparation of ground

- Absorbent/non-absorbent, textured grounds, coloured grounds etc

• Preparation of workspace

• Use and application of paint

- Glaze, scumble, impasto, Tonking, speciality brushes etc

• Misc devices: Claude glass (or equivalent), mahl stick, knife etc

• Colour mixing

- Artists pallet, warm/cool, colour theory etc 

• Using reference in a painting

- Photos, preparatory drawings, studies etc


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Final project

- Character study, idea development, imaginative painting, illustration etc


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will have a practice-based familiarity with the handling and use of painting mediums and with the painting process. The students will be able to apply theses skills in the making of diverse painted images.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Steve Allrich, Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter, Watson-Guptill

  2. Jeremy Galton, The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques, Search Press

  3. Anita Marie Giddings, Sherry Stone Clifton, Oil Painting For Dummies, For Dummies

  4. Colette Pitcher, Acrylic Painting For Dummies, For Dummies

  5. Ray Smith, An Introduction to Acrylics, Dorling Kindersley