Course Title: Painting Studio 1A2 - Process and Concepts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Painting Studio 1A2 - Process and Concepts

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 2 07,
Offsh 2 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh1 12

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Ellis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2838

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.D.9

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to a problem solving approach to painting. Through lecturer directed projects, students are introduced to a problem solving painting programme. Through structured, formal and experimental projects, students engage in analytical thinking, visual perception and develop a sound skills base as applied to painting. The student will be introduced to a range of processes and materials as they relate to ideas generated through various, lecturer directed projects. This course encourages students to apply, to experiment and to test various processes and concepts without a predetermined outcome. This course provides an opportunity for you to work as a practicing artist in a studio based learning context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of the course students will have gained:

• a practical and intellectual basis for addressing conceptual, perceptual, formal and aesthetic concerns as they relate to painting 
. to apply observational skills in developing appropriate research leading to resolved works
. demonstrate a capacity to explore playfully without a preconceived plan and to embrace the opportunities to learn from mistakes and accidents
. engage with lecturer directed projects that visually experiment with ideas and materials to further expand your visual language
• an ability to produce preliminary and resolved works and understand their relationship
• an ability to critique your work and working processes and the work of others
• an understanding of aspects of contemporary theory and history of practice as it relates to painting
• an ability to develop skills and concepts that lead to a personal direction within the Fine Art context
• experience in experimentation with processes and materials
. develop skills in professional studio based practice
. to develop critical and analytical skills in viewing exhibitions relating to contemporary practice

The course is studio based. It involves structured projects and individual student driven projects in consultation with Fine Art staff, lectures, demonstrations, individual and group tutorials, audio visual sessions, studio work proposals via consultation, gallery visits, individual visual research, methods of production of traditional and alternative materials and techniques, health and safety and professional practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is studio based. It includes a combination of structured research projects and individual work projects. Learning activities will include: lectures, demonstrations, individual and group tutorials, audio-visual presentations, talks on health and safety, security and professional practice. You will receive feedback from your peers, academic staff, practicing artists, technical officers, and others in the arts industry and community through a variety of consultations, tutorials, critiques and reviews.
Feedback is an ongoing, continuous strategy in this course. Feedback is collegial, supportive, reflective, critical and encouraging. Students and staff are respectful of an individual’s ideas and opinions.
Students will receive feedback on their artwork, proposals, projects and progress from a wide variety of sources: from peers in daily studio contact, in group tutorials and collaborative projects. Technical and practical feedback from studio technical officers. All aspects of a students art production, proposals, projects and progress will be given by academic staff who are experienced practicing professional artists.
Visiting artists, casual staff and Art History and Theory academic staff also provide feedback.
All students may engage in formal feedback through regular student / staff consultative committees, through Blackboard and CES (student Experience Survey HE) at the end of each semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resource references will be distributed during the first week of class

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be by folio submission at the end of each semester.
Assessment will be conducted by a panel of staff from the course area. The assessment will be reviewed by the course co-ordinator in collaboration with another course co-ordinator.

The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment at the end of semester in the form of a folio.  Your folio should clearly demonstrate the learning objectives of this course and may comprise drawings, sketches, maquettes, photographs, digital works, books, paintings, videos and journals which reflect your visual, conceptual and technical research.  This folio will be assessed by professional artists and art industry experts to the level of First year standards. 
The folio should reflect your involvement in consistent, dedicated, research and production of artworks over the semester and will include works produced in lecturer guided hours and student independent, research time.

Course grades available:
HD High distinction (80 – 100%)
D Distinction (70 – 79%)
C Credit (60 –69%)
P Pass (50 – 59%)
N Fail (0 – 49%)