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Painting - Materials and Technics

Code: MTP211     Acronym: MTP

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Fine Arts/Painting

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Fine Arts Department
Course/CS Responsible: Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
AP 46 Official Study Plan 2011 2 - 4,5 64 121,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Francisco Artur de Vaz Tomé Laranjo

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 2 8,00
Sofia Torres Gonçalves 4,00
Teresa Maria Castro de Almeida 4,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2019-09-09.

Fields changed: Teaching methods and learning activities, Bibliografia Obrigatória, Componentes de Avaliação e Ocupação, Programa

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students
Obs.: Only if the student is enrolled in the curricular unit of Atelier I - Painting


i.To promote the recognition of the processes and techniques used by artists and artistic movements.

ii.To valorize the importance of the good use of the materials and their relation to the quality and durability of the paintings.

iii.To emphasize the relationship between the technical and the aesthetic in some historical periods.

iv.To familirize the student with a set of technical possibilities that it could use in their own projects.

Learning outcomes and competences

In the end, the student must be prepared to:

  1. Systematize technical procedures of painting;
  2. Apply the acquired knowledge to new and unpredictable situations, in terms of visual arts;
  3. Develop art projects with the appropriate painting materials ;
4. Select with property the materials available in the fine arts market.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Be a student at the Curricular Unit of Atelier I - Pintura


1- The pictorial materials

     The learning, workshops and traditional techniques

     The pictorial techniques




     Solvents and diluents


2 - The Pictorial Strata




      Pictorial film

      Plastic manipulation and its effects

      Resins and varnishes


3 - Tools and painting utensils






4 - Care for the preservation and conservation of materials.

Mandatory literature

Smith Ray; Manual Práctico do Artista, 2006
Mayer, Ralph; The artist’s handbook of materials and techniques, 2006
Edwards, Betty; Color - A course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colours, 2004
Pedrola, Antoni ; Materiales; Procedimientos y Técnicas Pictóricas, 2004
Hockney, David ; Secret Knowledge - Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, 2001
Doerner, Max ; The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting: With Notes on the Techniques of the Old Masters, 1984
Laranjo, Francisco ; Em torno da ideia de técnica em pintura, 1984
Merrifield, M.P; Medieval and renaissance treatises on the arts of painting, 1999
Perego, F; Dictionnaire des materiaux du peintre, 2005
Philip Ball ; Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color, University of Chicago Press, 2003. ISBN: 0226036286
Villarquide, A. ; ). La pintura sobre tela I – historiografia, técnicas y materiales, 2007
Robert Massey; Formulas for Painters, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1967
Mark David Gottsegen; Painter's Handbook: Revised and Expanded, 2006

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical and practical classes using the provision of audiovisual material, accompanied by practical experimentation. 

Organization of a personal notebook, where the student records the steps and exercises performed, in a personalized reflection.

The practical component will always be privileged to approximate the student to a physical component, in that it realizes how some processes are more or less important for their own artistic interests.

The diversity of presented techniques and materials will give the student an idea of the extent and importance of these aspects in painting, which he may subsequently select and apply to their own work, in the framework of an artistic research.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho escrito 15,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 75,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 10,00
Trabalho escrito 15,00
Trabalho laboratorial 75,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Mandatory attendance to a minimum of 75% of classes.

Calculation formula of final grade


Attendance and participation. 10%

Results of the exercises. 75%

Personal Notebook: 15%
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