Course Title: Painting Concepts, Abstraction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Painting Concepts, Abstraction

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3466

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Greg Creek

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5386

Course Coordinator Email: greg.creek@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will develop an experimental and experiential approach to problem solving within a contemporary abstract painting context. You will focus on the technical, aesthetic and conceptual issues of Western Abstract Painting. Through a series of lecturer guided projects, workshops, tutorials and individual student work proposals, you will investigate aspects of Abstract painting in both historic and contemporary modes of practice and develop skills in analytical thinking and visual perception. You will develop strategies and processes leading to generating contemporary abstraction. In field trips and gallery visits you will explore colour theory, painting methodology and techniques. You will engage with concepts of abstraction, observational and experimental modes of studio practice leading to the production of paintings in a variety of media and individual expressions.

The emphasis will be on how artists originate and develop ideas through controlled experimentation leading to resolved abstract works.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
  • effectively communicate via artistic production in a range of media and modes with awareness of and sensitivity to a range of local and global contexts and cultures
  • develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed by and improved by arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explore a range of visual research models and create experimental works dealing with contemporary abstract content
  • produce a variety of preliminary works that lead to resolved works addressing abstraction
  • identify, analyse and present strategies and concepts surrounding abstraction
  • create a visual journal that reflects, analyses and outlines a series of enquiries as they relate to your abstract practice
  • critically reflect on your own work and the work of others produced in this course


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with technology as a process of creation and enquiry. You will learn to use technologies in ways that compliment and inform your studio specialisation by making art works. You will also employ analytical, technical and interpretative processes to critically evaluate the use of technologies for creative practice using a range of reflective learning tools.

Through workshops, demonstrations, seminars, lectures and group discussions you will engage in a range of learning activities that explore technologies, tools and processes such as the hand made, digital, electronic, mechanical & workshop equipment & processes, and hardware & software. You will also explore safe working practices, industry standards and extend your knowledge, language and vocabulary of technology.

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Studio Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your lecturers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.