Course Title: Painting Studio 1B2 - Process and Concepts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Painting Studio 1B2 - Process and Concepts

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 3 07,
Offsh 3 09,
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 1A2 Painting Process & Concepts - VART 1887

Course Description

This course builds on  the technical, perceptual and conceptual strategies experienced in Painting Studio 1A2 Processes and Concepts
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:
•    Writing a self directed work proposal.
•    Writing an artist statement as relates to their practice.
•    Using experimental and visual research to make resolved work.
•    Analytical thinking and how to select from appropriate visual research.
•    In resolution and display of resolved artwork.
•    Documentation and presentation of their working processes.
•   An experimental and experiential approach to problem solving within a contemporary fine art context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

1.    Discuss the nature and significance of visual research to your visual arts practice.
2.    Critique and examine aspects of contemporary art theory and practice and discuss it in relation to your own practice.
3.    Collect, collate and analyse visual material in relation to ideas in your art practice.
4.    Begin to work independently and to develop strategies in overcoming obstacles in your work practice.
5.    Produce a variety of resolved works and be able to discuss the relationship between preliminary works and resolved works.
6.    Begin to utilise documentation such as photographic, artist books, brochures and catalogues etc to help locate and articulate your fine art professional practice.
7.    Develop skills and concepts which lead to a personal, sustained and self directed fine art practice.
8.    Recognise and discuss the significance of self initiated learning through self directed projects.
9.    Engage in independent thinking and reflection on studio practice.
10.    Begin to develop an appropriate oral language to discuss and analyse visual art works.
11.    Deliver a Powerpoint presentation which outlines your practice and ideas to your peers and staff.
12.    Write a self directed work proposal which presents your area of research and then an artist statement which reflectively articulates your practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

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.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities that relate to the production of resolved works include:

•    Writing of a studio work proposal
•     The writing of an artist statement reflecting the student’s practice
•     Deliver a Powerpoint presentation reflecting the student’s formal and conceptual ideas in their practice.
•    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 and documentation.
The course is studio based. It involves directed and self directed  projects in consultation with Fine Art staff.

Overview of Learning Resources

Details of learning resources will be distributed in class.
Other Resources: Students will research designated artists, writers and theorists as relevant to their resolved works.
Learning resources and references will be distributed during the course.


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 HE) at the end of each semester.

Overview of Assessment

Folio assessment at the end of semester reflects your engagement in the course during the semester.
The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment at the end of semester in the form of a folio.
 The folio should clearly demonstrate the learning objectives of this course. 
This folio will consist of the required number of resolved works and your professional quality documentation that examines the works presented in an
 appropriate professional context.
This folio will be assessed by professional artists and industry experts to the level of first year standards.

The folio should reflect your engagement 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.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria are based on the learning outcomes of this course.
•    The production of resolved artworks relating to learning objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.10, 11
•    Documentation of artworks addresses learning objectives 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12
•    Powerpoint presentation, and artist statement addresses learning objectives 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9