Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course will help the student outline the specific nature of different media and ways of production, and how materials and tools (manual and digital) effect thinking in process of creation/production.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 23.09.2020 - 14.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pia Euro

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pia Euro

Contact information for the course (valid 09.10.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    During the course we will explore through (possibly) previously unfamiliar medium or method the interconnections between thinking conceptually and material reality.  The goal is to demonstrate the process of thinking through mediums, materiality and tools we are working with. Each year there is one specific topic we are working with, these vary from bronze casting to vhs-editing, or analog photography to drawing with optical (historical) devices.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    As this is practise based course where we learn by doing I wanted to find a solution that can happen in live (not online) and with materials that are non-digital. I ended up with the solution to take this year as a concept “En plen air”, act of painting outdoors. 


    We look at the phenomena not as “expressing ourselves through the landscape painting” but to study the concept and technological change that made it possible to move outside of the ateljé to paint in situ. This had huge impact on the practice of painters when the process of working became situational, changing light and life around was in complete new interaction with the work, that was to be also the object of an art work and not only a sketch.

    As not many of us are not trained as painters this will be a journey also to work with more or less unfamiliar “technology”, as brushes and paints and liquids used are made for certain purpose to function with human body. We will dig into the concept by facing the limitations and opportunities of this medium/technology through “hands on” practice. Another aspect that is essential in this method of working is the core questions of perception and interpretation, temporality and structure of an image. And as last but not least, painting as an open space between the author and the world around. We can think act of photographing as shooting camera as weapon but painting canavas as some kind of agora, space in between us. 

     The course includes practical work outside, and seminar sessions and lectures via Zoom. Materials are provided. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Workshop, discussions, lectures, independent-/groupwork

  • Applies in this implementation:

    courage to experiment and ability to try to do something one do not maybe handle beforehand

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    42h Contact teaching, 93h independent work.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided in the syllabus.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Mediums, Materials and Dimensions 23.09.2020-14.10.2020, schedule


    23.9. Wednesday

    9 – 11                  Introduction for the course (online)


    12 – 13       Collecting the materials from Metallimiehenkuja 4


    13 – 16       Working on the field, first drafts, place 1


    16.00          Workshop doors closed


    25.9. Friday



    30.9. Wednesday

    9 – 10                  Materials from workshop


    10 – 14       Working on field, place 1


    15 – 17       Reflections and lecture


    2.10. Friday

    9 – 10                  Materials from workshop


    10 – 14       Working on field, place 2


    14 – 16       Meetings (individual or small groups max 3 students) with Pia in Otaniemi area

    16.00          Workshop doors closed



    7.10. Wednesday

    9 – 10                  Materials from workshop


    10 – 14       Working on field, place 3


    14 – 16       TBL optional, suggestions are welcome

    16.00          Workshop doors closed



    9.10. Friday


    9 – 12                  Lecture by Anna-Maria Wiljanen on Önningeby artists collective 

    13 – 17       Review of the works and reflections (30 min break in middle)


    14.10. Wednesday


    10 – 14       Closing discussion (Online)