56499 - AFPG - Lab-based Course of Territory and Environment Representation

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Use the techniques of drawing as a tool to investigate the territory and reality. Deepen the importance of the relationship between idea and knowledge.

Course contents

Maritime signals. The italian's lighthouses

Representation and expression live inside us, they just don’t come from the outside world.In fact, representation, literally means: to come out of something.

That is why the tools, that sharpen the action of description, have to be discovered.

This is possible only if we manage to put ourselves in a particular condition: an evokative one.

Painting belogns to description, from which it establishes a special evocative training.

Drawing is to be considered a language, as well. That is the reason why drawing can be considered like a way of speaking. It can replace words, becoming a double of something else that is to be found “outside”, then subjectively metabolized in order to be painted.

Drawing, like any other language, is typified by its own convention, which can also be pushed further as long as they are well known.

Considering this preamble, this class has the aim of giving the students all the instruments that they need in order to excite and rouse their abilities as painters. They will learn how to represent all the materials and geometries things are made of; in addition to the knowledge of painting objects while the flow of time portrays them with lights and shadows.

In order to practice this particular tecnique, we will consider the italian's lighthouses. After studying those works of art, we will simply figure them in scale of colours.


All the books you need to study and delve into the knowledge of this representative technique will be provided by our board of education in pursuance of the atelier.

Teaching methods

During this course the students will directly observe how to represent a subject by a tutor. After following the lesson they will practice at the atelier.

being complementary disciplines, drawing, painting and representing will have to be applied altogether, at the same time. Overall when we consciously use this method, we are just practicing what the ancient Greeks used to define with the word “techne”: the art of doing with ability.

Assessment methods

The students must represent an "Italian lighthouse" on a wooden board (50x70).
For our exercises we will use vinyl and oil colors.
The work will be guided by the teaching staff with the following program:
- Historical research and study of selected lighthouse and scale reduction;
- Preparation of the basic color on the wooden table;
- Redrawing the contours of the object with a pencil or white chalk;
- Drawing of volumes with appropriate colors;
- Study of the details and the graphic rendering through various techniques;
- Representation of lights and shadows with features;
- Representation of the big shadows.

The final test will consist of showing the final painting while tested on the knowledge acquired.

Office hours

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