Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Marja Nurminen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teacher: Kukka Paavilainen

Kukka Paavilainen (b. 1976) is painter (MFA), art historian (MA) and a doctoral student in artistic practice (DFA) in the Academy of Fine Arts (KuvA), University of Arts Helsinki. She also teaches painting and writing in KuvA.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student will be able to set goals for her/his artistic work. She/ he will able to explain her/his artistic choices and working process. The student will become familiar with the different forms of the practice of painting in contemporary art.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The content of the course is largely made up of topics introduced by students. Comparison and productive meeting of different working methods. Students will familiarize themselves with working methods and themes of contemporary painters.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

The task and the goal in the course is to proceed in ones own artistic practice. The task is very open on purpose.

Proceeding in a fruitful way towards the goals one has herself set is the hard part of the artistic work. How to do that?

The course will focus mainly on the students own work in the classroom. Contact teaching.

As an addition to that we will make gallery visits and see some museum exhibitions. The students will write a short (1-2 A4 pages) text reflecting their own painting practice with what they have seen in the galleries as well as in the museums.

We will have three half-day critic sessions and each student has to take part in two of them. Students are expected to take actively part in the free discussion around fellow student's artistic practice.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student is required to carry out a painting project and present her /his work in group critiques. Discussions, exhibition visits. Assessment criteria: personal progress of the student and the ability to express and utilise what he or she has learned.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The biggest emphasis is on painting, both on the process and on the end result. Development is the key factor.

Presence in the possible lecture will be appreciated.

Activity in reflective discussion around one's own work as well as around fellow students' work during the critic sessions is important. We learn a lot about the artistic process by opening our mouths and taking part in a discussion around painting.

As well the quality of reflection in the text will be appreciated. Ability to understand the qualities in painting ( use of colour, brushwork, collage, perspective, other depth-illusion etc.) and the capability in seeing at least some connections to ones own painting practice is good to put into words. Such writing practice can increase one's own development.

Skills in reflection. What do I find easy in painting? What is painfully difficult for me? What are my goals now and in the future? What have I already learned? How could I take some steps towards my goals in painting? What are my next steps?

Presence without being absent many times as well as working throughout the day will be appreciated.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

96 h contact teaching, 66 h independent studies.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Study materials will be announced in the beginning of the course.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

The students are expected to buy all the materials themselves.

For the FIRST SESSION each student should have with him/her  some charcoal for drawing and a chamois (piece of leather / säämiskä in Finnish) for wiping the drawing away. We will start with a relaxing drawing-gymnastic exercise. Take as well at least a paper for painting and some colors you want to use. After lunch we will start painting. If you want to paint on stretched canvas, please take stretchers, canvas and some gesso with you already for the first session.

The university will provide basic tools (f. eg. hammer, stapler and water cups) and some very basic paper for the first day drawing exercise.

NOTE that all solvents are prohibited in Aalto University working spaces. You are not anymore allowed to paint with oil colours. You can use any water soluble colours you wish. For example acrylics, watercolours or any kind of pastels or inks are ok. Please discuss with the teacher during the first session or already beforehand in email.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

01280 Drawing and Painting Workshop
ARTS-E0200 Drawing and Painting Workshop (MA)

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Introduction to Drawing and Painting I-III, Colour and Perception I and 2D Studies IV-V (or equivalent). The course is continuation for 2D studies. Students taking part in the course must have mastered the basics in visual expression and possess the ability for independent artistic work.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course will be held once in the autumn and once in spring semester. It is possible to take part in fall (6 cr) and spring (6 cr) semester.
Passing the course requires 80 percent attendance and active participation in the sessions.

Two places are reserved for exchange students.

Minumum amount of participants is 8 students.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Painting from a screen is forbidden in the course. Please take a print with you if you want to paint from a certain image found somewhere. We look at the phones and screens already too much. Let's give our eyes another kind of practice during these seven hours on Fridays!


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