Course Title: Painting Studio 1B1 Visual research/Alternative materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Painting Studio 1B1 Visual research/Alternative materials

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 3 07,
Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 12

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Ellis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2838

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.D.7

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is for Fine Art Students from BP201 only.
Successful completion of Painting Studio 1A1 Visual Research / Alternative Methods – VART 1886

Course Description

This course builds on  the technical, perceptual and conceptual strategies experienced in Painting Studio 1A1 Visual Research/Alternative Methods. Through a variety of experimental and structured experiences, students will investigate both traditional and alternative art making processes relating to their individual student work proposals. Emphasis will be placed on how artists generate and develop ideas from initial studio based research into resolved works.

The course will develop students skills in:
• analytical thinking,
• visual perception
• developing an experimental and experiential approach to problem solving within a contemporary fine art context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course allows you develop capabilities related to:
•    Developing a critically informed and reflective arts practice in order to continually develop, change and plan for the future.
•    Developing a practice based, intellectual basis for articulating formal, conceptual and aesthetic concerns as they relate to fine art practice at a Year 1 Level.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you will have the ability to-

1.    Explore and experiment with a range of visual research models or tools to help you develop resolved visual artworks.
2.     Discuss the significance and value of visual research in the art-making process.
3.    Test ideas through the creation of experimental works and discuss the significance of this visual research in your art practice, in your journal and in discussion.
4.    Collect, collate and analyse visual material in relation to ideas in your practice.  This will include references to appropriate artists and writers.
5.    Begin to work independently and develop strategies in overcoming obstacles in your work practice.
6.    Produce a variety of preliminary works that will lead to resolved works in 1B2  Painting Processes and Concepts and discuss the relationship between them.
7.    Create a visual journal that reflects, analyses and outlines a series of enquiries as they relate to your practice.
8.    Create a gallery journal that reflects a critical and analytical written collation of gallery visits.
9.    Recognise and reflect on how visual experimentation can lead to unexpected outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is studio based. It involves individual student driven projects in consultation with Fine Art staff. The learning experience in this course
simulates the studio experience of a working artist where materials and ideas for artworks are initiated, directed and finalised within the
artist’s studio. Form, content and processes will be explored in relation to the individual student’s practice.
You will work with industry professionals engaging in real problem solving issues and will consider issues of professional practice, health and safety and a variety of methods of production.

Learning activities that relate to the production of visual research include:

•    Studio based learning through tutorials and consultations
•    Self initiated learning through studio based engagement
•    Methods of production
•    Health safety and security
•    Individual and bibliographic research
•    Professional practice
•    Self initiated gallery visits

Overview of Learning Resources

Other Resources: Students will research designated artists, writers and theorists as relevant to their resolved works.
Learning resources and references will be distributed during classes.


You will receive feedback on your artwork: 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 informal and formal and is an ongoing, continuous strategy employed in this course. Feedback is collegial, supportive, reflective, critical and encouraging. Students and staff are respectful of an individual’s ideas and opinions.

You will receive feedback on your artwork, proposals, projects and progress from a wide variety of sources including:
•    peers in daily studio contact and group tutorials.
•    technical and studio feedback from studio technical officers.
•    Academic staff who are experienced practicing professional artists
•    Visiting artists, casual staff, art history and theory academic staff

You may also engage in formal feedback through regular student/staff committees, Blackboard, CES (Student Experience Survey

Overview of Assessment

The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment at the end of semester in the form of a series of folios. The folios should clearly demonstrate the learning outcomes of this course. 

The folios may comprise drawings, sketches, maquettes, photographs, digital works, artists books, paintings, videos and 3D works, collage and  journals which reflect your visual, conceptual and technical visual research. These folios will be assessed by professional artists and industry experts to the level of first year standards.

The folios should reflect your engagement in consistent, dedicated research and the production of numerous artworks over the semester and will include works produced in lecturer guided hours and student independent research time.

The assessment criteria are based on the learning objectives of this course.
•    The production of numerous, experimental artworks relating to learning objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
•    Visual and Gallery Journals addressing learning objectives 3, 4,5, 6,7,8,9