From Print to Paint: Histories and Methods of Artistic Production

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Course fee (no housing)
Advanced Bachelor
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This course is offered in an online setting. 

How do artists master their art? Does painting in oil result in different working procedures and visual effects compared to other media? Which material and technical properties determine the creative possibilities of prints, sculptures, and the applied arts? What can art historians learn from re-making art, re-working historical recipes, or reproducing material objects? This course will immerse you in discussions related to art production and (re-)making, materials and materiality, and techniques and technology. 

This course integrates research methods typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with practical work in the studio or lab. You will be introduced to issues in artistic production through online lectures and readings. By taking the creative solution of setting up a home lab—namely a table, a simple stove or hot plate, a sink and running water—you will also be able to explore hands-on components at their own pace with the virtual help of the instructor(s). You will receive a kit with essential materials and tools prior to the beginning of the course. Natural materials and non-toxic substitutes of certain substances will be used so that you can safely conduct the experiments at home. Upon completion, you will have deepened your knowledge in the histories and theories of artistic production and have a starter kit to keep for your future explorations.

During the course, you will gain access to the course readings and instruction videos for the experiments through an online platform. There will be multiple opportunities to have (individual) video calls through an appointment system with the instructor(s) for tutoring sessions to discuss the course materials and experiments. The course consists of a week’s workload, but you will have a month (13 July to 14 August) to finish the course at your own speed, including writing the paper if you want to earn credits for the course.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Jessie Wei-Hsuan Chen

Target audience

Students who wish to take this course should have some academic training, as there will be substantial readings. This course is also suitable for MA and PhD students who wish to apply historical remaking as a methodology and learn practical skills, as no previous experience in artistic production and making is required.

Course aim

This course introduces participants to several historical materials and techniques in the visual and decorative arts before the nineteenth century through engaging with the methodology of remaking.

Study load

Earning course credit is optional. To get credits, students need to complete the following assignments in addition to the online participation of the course. Students will take fieldnotes during experiments. Students will also conduct research and write an essay of 3,000 words. Instructions and expectations of the essay will be communicated closer to the first day of the course, and students can discuss their ideas for the essay with the course director through video calls or email exchanges. All assignments should be submitted before 14 August 2020.


Course fee:
Course + course materials

The course fee includes the materials and tools in the starter kit, the cost of shipping the kit, access to readings and videos, and tutoring sessions with the course instructor(s).


  • Please include a brief motivation to introduce who you are and why you want to take this course. This is to help the instructors learn the level of experience to better demonstrate the experiments.
  • Students should check if they are able to receive international packages before applying to the course.
  • Students who wish to participate in the summer course but cannot commit before 15 June should contact the course director to discuss possibilities.

More information

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Application deadline: 15 June 2020

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