Course Title: Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6242C

Course Title: Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and discuss ideas for creative work. The course includes research and analysis, as well as the ability to participate in critical and informed discussion with others about creative work.

This course is clustered (delivered and assessed in conjunction with) with CUVPA1301A Produce paintings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP405A Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work


1. Research ideas

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and source information that supports the development of ideas for creative work
1.2 Critically analyse information in the context of current and potential work


2. Generate ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop a range of different, innovative and creative ideas based on the nature of own creative practice
2.2 Reflect on and integrate ideas generated from research
2.3 Consider possible constraints on ideas
2.4 Select ideas based on research, reflection and relevant constraints


3. Discuss ideas with others

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and seek out people who can provide valuable input to discussions about work ideas
3.2 Evaluate different communication options and select the most appropriate
3.3 Present key information on ideas and their process of development
3.4 Use effective communication techniques to generate discussion, debate and critical analysis of ideas


4. Adjust and refine ideas

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reflect on the views and contributions of others
4.2 Make own analysis of ideas based on individual aspirations and goals
4.3 Refine ideas based on own analysis and interactions with others

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will understand the following:

  • the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials, tools and equipment used in painting
  • work space requirements for painting, including ways of organising and maintaining space
  • ways of exploring, adapting and combining techniques and materials to achieve different effects in painting
  • general knowledge of the formal elements and principles of design and their specific application to the production of paintings
  • cleaning and maintenance techniques for tools and equipment used in painting
  • general knowledge of the historical and theoretical contexts for painting
  • awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues
  • environmental issues associated with the tools and materials used in painting
  • organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to painting.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• teacher directed studio activities/projects
• studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
• practical exercises
• reading articles and excerpts
• preparing for discussion
• project work
• independent research

Teaching Schedule


Week Class content Tasks Elements
1 Introduction to produce painting
Painting techniques and processes
The aim of this weeks lesson is to introduce students to the subject painting techniques, explain how the semester will be structured and what the learning outcomes will be. 1/2/3
2 OH&S and Surface Preparation In this week’s class students learn about OH&S in relation to painting, with particular emphasis on the safe handling of oil paint and correct clean up procedure. Students prepare two sheets of oil sketch paper for use in following classes. 1/2
3 Painting Workshop: ‘Limited palette / Coloured ground’ This workshop is based on subject matter derived from an observation of simple forms. Indications of tonal gradation are therefore important in indicating the forms and shapes, but emphasis should also be placed on varieties of mark making. 1/2/3
4 Painting Workshop: ‘Interpreting Observed Form’ This workshop is based on subject matter derived from an observation of simple forms. Indications of tonal gradation are therefore important in indicating the forms and shapes, but emphasis should also be placed on varieties of mark making. 1/2/3
5 Painting Workshop: Mixing Colour This workshop introduces stronger more saturated colours and looks at how to unify colours in a painting by mixing shadows and neutrals from those colours. You will be matching colours from life, learning about different pigments and building upon your existing understanding of neutrals. 1/2/3
6 Painting Workshop: Tone and Space This workshop utilises photocopy material as a basis for subject matter, and involves underpainting and subsequent glazing. You will be focusing on constructing a composition through tone. Tone will be created by over painting high saturation colours with complimantaries and neutrals. You will be considering compositional implications, interlocking forms/shapes, and space/colour relationships. The painting made this week will be used next week in the glazing and scumbling workshop. 1/2/3
7 Painting Workshop: Glazing and scumbling This workshop utilizes the painting made last week, allows for further modification and introduces scumbling and glazing techniques. You will be examining the specific properties of individual colours, which affect colour mixing and glazing. 1/2/3
8 Painting Workshop: Erasure and the use of Rub-Back In this work shop students will be introduced to alternative methods of paint application. This workshop uses a traditional technique and explores the possibility for contemporary use. Students make a burnt sienna rub back that is them worked into both wet this week and is finished next week when it is used as the underpainting for a final work 1/2/3
9 Painting Workshop: Erasure and the use of Rub-Back Part II This workshop continues on from last week as students complete their rub-back study by adding a range of complimentary colours to increase shadows and bring out form. 1/2/3
10 Project resolution: Realise a creative concept Week 10 is a chance to finish any paintings to be presented in a folio ready for assessment. It is a chance to rework any unfinished paintings and to organise folio. 1/2/3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library Subject Guides: Art: Visual Art

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio. You will be required to submit a folio at the end of the course. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this course include the ability to:

  • generate ideas for creative work grounded in research and reflection
  • engage in informed discussion about ideas in own work
  • apply knowledge of historical and contemporary references in own area of creative work.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

1. Assessment Task:  Visual Diary

    Due: W10

2. Assessment Task:  Folio of paintings showing developmental and resolved works.

   Due: W10

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded).

Competency Based Mark Table
CA            Competency Achieved
NYC         Not Yet Competent
DNS         Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Please refer to the coordinator for assessment matrix.

Other Information

This unit is clustered with  CUVPAI301A Produce painting

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