Instruction in English or in double languages (Estonian and English).
All practical art courses offered by the Center for Arts allow students the flexibility to pose and solve various tasks based on one's preparedness, personality and level of skills because the supervising and instructing is largely individual.
The university provides students with easels, planks and trestles.
Depending on the course, students need to acquire necessary materials themselves. For example: paper, cardboard, canvas, pencils, eraser, painting supplies (paints, brushes, palette, cups and cloths), charcoal, thumbtack or scotch tape, protective gear such as apron, gown and gloves. Information that is more detailed is available in the description of the specific course and/or upon registering to the course.
AUTUMN SEMESTER 2020/2021 COURSES
What are the construction principles of different colour schemes? How about colour contrasts and harmonies? A sense of colour?
This course aims to provide basic knowledge of colour theory by focusing mainly on Johannes Itten's colour system. Theoretical knowledge is acquired through practical work which mostly consists of the study and implementation of Itten's seven colour contrasts. The experience thus gained allows for a better understanding of different colour handling options, as well as develops one's individual colour sense.
In order to complete the course, the student must purchase some of the necessary materials to perform practical works (synthetic brushes, acrylic paints, acrylic paper). All materials are introduced in the first introductory lecture.
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of various experimental painting techniques and give students the chance to experiment with these in practice. Examples from (experimental) art history and contemporary art are also discussed in class.
It is a course about looking for and trying out unconventional ways and possibilities to make and see art. Experimental painting as such is thus an effective tool for improving one's ability of creative thinking – an asset in today's academic world and outside.
Without any prerequisites everyone is welcome to come and let their experimentality flow. Students must bring their own paints, brushes and other necessary tools, depending on the nature of the experimental work they wish to carry out.
HVVK.14.119, 3 ECTS
Lecturer: Rauno Thomas Moss
The purpose of the course is to provide basic theoretical and practical knowledge in calligraphy to develop the student's fine motor skills, observational and analytical skills, sense of proportion and aesthetics through practical exercises, and thereby develop the student's handwriting.
Theoretical and practical tasks are closely intertwined, with the emphasis on working with the calligraphic pen. At lectures, the student acquires the terminology deriving from the historical development of the calligraphic art, its basic typefaces and the compositional principles.
In the practical part, a comprehensive and extensive corpus of ornamentational and classical Penman exercises are followed.
Linocut Course (graphics technique)
HVVK.14.118, 3 ECTS
Lecturer: Rauno Thomas Moss
The course provides basic knowledge and skills in high-quality linocut printing. In addition to technical techniques, students will learn how to design work, solve compositional problems, and purposefully and consciously execute a design.
The theoretical and practical tasks are closely intertwined, with emphasis on acquiring technical skills and performing the linoleum cut. The course starts with technical exercises, goes through a monochrome linocut graphic design and finishes with 2-3 color linocut graphic design and authoring work.
The course is divided into two parts: The theoretical part provides basic knowledge about the theory of composition, terminology and analysis in the form of extensively illustrated lectures.
In the second part of the course participants apply and test previously acquired theoretical knowledge through a variety of composition assignments. Emphasis is on the elements of pictures, composition principles and forms of abstraction in order to become confident and free in creative expression.
HVVK.14.116, 3 ECTS
Lecturer: Maarja Nõmmik
To whom: This course is open for all students. The experience of drawing, sketching or painting will be useful, but you can also participate without prior experience.
The course teaches to recognise and draw facial features and expressions based on your face.
As a person perceives and feels his/her face the best, it is a gratifying tool for learning about different forms of face and personality. In addition, your face allows you to play through countless expressions and emotions that are also felt inside. Therefore, self-portrait is one of the sincerest portrait types. As a result of sketches and drafts, at least two self-portraits will be produced during the course. There will also be examples of self-portraits from art history and contemporary art introduced during the course.
Necessary materials for the participant: personal work equipment according to your preference and possibilities. More information from the lecturer.
To whom: This course is open for all students who wish to brush up their skills on drawing based on physical objects. The course will be for beginners as well as for advanced groups.
The course improves students’ skills on how to visualize figures stylistically, graphically and technically. Students will depict a human body in different intensive poses through which one’s sense of proportion, accuracy of anatomical form, stylistical freedom, technical cognition and the effectiveness of graphical implementation will develop.
Needed materials by student: drawing papers and pencils, charcoal, precise information from the lecturer.
Sketch II - for those who already have some experience in sketching
HVVK.14.133, 3 ECTS
Lecturer: Maarja Nõmmik
The course develops the students' creative confidence, includes discussions about sketching as an art form and deals with the message and concept as well as technical skill in the students' work. Everyone who wishes to refresh their skills or develop the skills they already have, are welcome to join.
The students must have their own drawing paper/ sketch pad and drawing supplies.
At the course, students learn to experiment with multilayered renaissance techniques and use them in the context of contemporary art. The course focuses on the technical issues of painting such as undercoating, sublayers, increasing the saturation of the paint layer and proceeding from layer to layer towards a finished art work. During the course the students learn to make and use painting liquids, completes the painting on a freely chosen subject supported by the traditional techniques.
Upon successful completion of the course the student:
- has gained the skill to make and use painting liquids,
- is able to consciously paint a multilayered painting,
- has knowledge of traditional painting materials and how to prepare them,
- is able to understand the technical process of painting.
Needed materials by student: oil paints and oli paint brushes, paper/cardboard, turpentine, cloths/rags, palette, cup, tape or pins, apron and rubber cloves in case of sensitive skin. Approximate cost of materials during the course is 30-50 euros. More detailed information from the lecturer.
To whom: For everyone who is interested to develop the skills of interpreting works of art and in deepening their knowledge about the story behind an artwork and art exhibition as well as looking at the multi-layered relationships between art and contemporary societies.
The course will take you to exhibition halls and galleries to meet the artwork. Mythological minimalism and the ironic reality in painting with its relation to the critique of consumerism are just some of the possible topics under discussion in the seminars.
This course helps to deepen the comprehension of artworks via different angles, for example through studying the artists' techniques and how they are connected to the present time. We look how a curated or artist-made exhibition influences the perceptions of the viewer.
The students will be keeping a diary the whole time and the course will conclude with a written work. PS! Please consider the cost of some exhibition visits in your budget.
To whom: This practical course is intended for everyone who wish to acquire basic skills and technical aspects on modelling and plastics as well as to develop one's skills with handling clay.
Throughout the course, students will model a clay portrait figure on a pre-prepared stand. One important part of the course is also to familiarize oneself with the various samples of portraits from art history. Students also learn the structure of brain and skeleton, and how to build it based on the basics of plastic and functional anatomy. Participants will also learn to handle different form problems of three-dimensional objects and learn how to express statics, dynamics, volume and proportions.
Please take an apron with you to protect your clothes.
To whom: This course consists mostly of practical workshops and is intended for students who wish to acquire the basics skills for realistic drawing and to develop one's technical skills.
Throughout the course, students will learn the basics for drawing, learn how to draw realistic still-life pieces and people, discover how to work with light and shadows and also learn deal with problems of space and form. Moving from easier tasks to more complicated ones, participants will acquire a very wide range of drawing and visualisation skills.
Needed materials by student: drawing papers and pencils. More precise information from the lecturer.
To whom: This course consists of practical workshops and lectures and is intended for all students who wish to acquire knowledge on different ways how to implement illustration, its history as well as to learn practical skills in order to plan and carry out an illustration for one's research, article or any other piece of work.
The theoretical part of the course introduces different types of illustrations, how they are used, its history as well as the cultural meaning of illustrations. Practical part of the course concentrates on the acquisition of technically accurate and aesthetical whole results by using manual work and different techniques (graphite, india ink, coloured pencils, watercolours, gouache). Participants will observe different stages of the work process and its specifics when illustrating for fiction, or, as well as for the scientific text.
Needed materials by student: drawing papers and pencils/paints, brushes. More precise information from the lecturer.
To whom: All who want to learn to paint realistically or just starting their way in the field of visual arts.
The course will give a technical basis for realistic painting style. The course starts out with simpler still-life painting and moves gradually towards full nudes. The program consists: projection of the three-dimensional objects onto the surface, colour management and measurement techniques. Main focus is on obtaining skills to see and measure correct proportions, plausible material effects, delicate light space and clear structure so that future work could be easily controlled. Creative dilemma - the boundary between freedom and discipline. Half of lessons are instructed. The other half is for developing student’s own ideas.
Needed materials by student: canvases or cardboards, paints, brushes, cloths/rags, palette, cup, charcoal, tape or pins, rubber cloves in case of sensitive skin.