Course Title: Painting Studio 2A1 Transformative Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Painting Studio 2A1 Transformative Practices

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 1 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh1 13

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Ellis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2838

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.C.9

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 or Equivalent

Course Description

This studio-based course provides an exploration of a contemporary hybrid art practice. The course will focus on the practice and philosophy of collage, assemblage, construction and installation and their relationship to painting and the use of diverse media. Initial experimentation with found and fabricated materials, papers, objects, photographic material will lead to resolved finished work in a variety of media that reflects an individual research strategy.
Students will develop a complex understanding of the relationship for images, objects and collage techniques that inform an individual expression.
Through a series of research projects and self initiated individual work proposals, students will develop a strong conceptual basis for their work and experience a range of techniques and media.
This course is a Work Integrated Learning course (WIL). The Key feature of WIL courses is that the learning experiences simulate the working life of professional practitioners. As such this course introduces you to a research based approach to painting and its related practices by working as a practicing artist in a studio based learning context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of visual strategies to instigate independent works of art.
  • Understand the nature and significance of visual research.
  • Produce work in a variety of media that is appropriate to projects.
  • Analyze visual material in relation to ideas.
  • Produce preliminary and resolved works and understand their relationship.
  • Implement independent thinking, critical analysis, in projects and tutorials.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is studio based. It involves a combination of structured research projects and individual work proposals initiated with staff consultation.  Learning activities will include – Lectures, demonstrations, regular focus lectures which introduce key research projects, individual and group work integrated learning tutorials, audio visual presentations, individual and independent studio work proposals relating to individual visual research, methods of production, new media, field trips, gallery visits, health safety and security, professional practice. Blackboard will support student learning. The learning in this course simulates the work experience of a practicing artist where art works are self initiated, directed and finalized within the artists’ studio. Through self –directed experimental projects you will be encouraged to develop visual ways of knowing, thinking and doing. You will work with industry professionals engaging in real problem solving experiences and will consider issues of professional practice, health and safety and a variety of methods of production.
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 resources include studios, workshops, Blackboard, RMIT Library, tutorial, critiques and work Integrated learning feedback sessions, gallery visits and field trips.

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 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 second 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.