Course Title: Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kathleen McCann


Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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:

3.5 Reflect on the views and contributions of others 3.6 Make own analysis of ideas based on individual aspirations and goals 3.7 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:
• teacher directed studio activities/projects
• studio exercises to review discussions
• 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



WeekClass contentTasksElements

Introduction to painting techniques and processes

Introduction to course, peers, teaching schedule, OHS and assessment requirements.

Activity: Introduction to acrylic painting techniques on paper. Painting a monotone study from a black, white and grey tableau onto a prepared mid-tone ground.

1. Develop proficiency with a range of painting techniques and media (1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4)


Tonal Acrylic Painting from still life tableau.

Limited palette, grey tones.
Activity: Tonal acrylic study based on observation of simple forms. Focus on importance of tonal gradation to indicate forms and shape, and emphasis on varieties of mark making.

1. Develop proficiency with a range of painting techniques and media (1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4)


OHS & surface preparation


Erasure and Rub Back Painting Techniques in Oil. Painting from observation.

Introduction to OHS for oil painting studio.


Activity: Introduction to painting in oils. Tonal study from observation in monochrome. Use of rub back and erasure methods to take paint away and reveal light of the paper for highlights and the addition of pigment to enhance tone and shadow. On Oil Sketch Paper.

1. Develop proficiency with a range of painting techniques and media (1.4)


Coloured Grounds


Small Studies in Oils.

Activity: Preparation of coloured acrylic grounds on Oil Sketch Paper.

 Use of prepared grounds to work on small studies from individual objects.

 Based on observed form and features but opportunities for stylizing and gestural expressiveness.


Visual Diary Research Task: Choose a painting that you like from an artist whose work you admire (historical or contemporary). What can you say about this work? When was it made, with what medium? Describe how you think it was made. What was it about? Document this research in your visual diary and bring to next week’s class.


2. Develop ideas for paintings


Limited Palette, Coloured Ground.


Oil Painting & simple use of stencils.

Activity: Painting in oils on coloured ground in a limited palette from various sources. Potential for use for silhouette, stencil and repetition.

Report Back on Research task

Project Introduction: Discussion of project brief and approaches to generating own ideas for content of painting.

Visual Diary Research Task: Find an image that you respond to, photocopy, enlarging and reducing size. Make b&w and colour versions. Cut it up, paint or draw small colour or b&w studies, collage into your visual diary, reconfigured it different ways.

2. Develop ideas for paintings


3. Organise painting resources


1. Research ideas for own creative work (1.1,1.2) 


Introduction to ideas of Colour

Colour Wheel

Atmospheric/Aerial Perspective.

Painting from “Found” Images.

PowerPoint Slideshow on Colour Wheel and ideas of colour, colour relationships, composition and texture. Atmospheric/Aerial Perspective.

Consideration of compositional implications, interlocking forms/shapes, and space/colour relationships.

Activity: Working from “found” images or material made in visual diary research task.

Focus: Underpainting (preparation for subsequent scumbling and glazing next week). Introducing ways to construct a composition through tone by over painting high saturation colours with complimentary colours and neutrals.

Individual Tutorials: discussing ideas for own creative work from gathered source material and ideas in journal/visual diary.


2. Develop ideas for paintings


1. Research ideas for own creative work (1.1,1.2)    


Painting Workshop:


Glazing & Scumbling.

Activity: Introduction to use of scumbling and/or glazing as a way to build a painting in oils. The painting made last week will be developed allowing further modification.


Individual Tutorials: discussing ideas for own creative work.

1. Develop proficiency with a range of painting techniques and media (1.1,1.2,1.3)

1. Research ideas for own creative work (1.1,1.2)

2. Generate ideas for own creative work (21,2.2,2.3,2.4)

3. Organise painting resources (3.1,3.2,3.3) 


Painting Workshop:



Working on Project.

Activity: This class is an opportunity to develop your own individual work in class and discuss with peers and teacher.

3. Organise painting resources (3.1,3.2,3.3)

4. Create finished paintings   (4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4)

1. Research ideas for own creative work (1.1,1.2)

2. Generate ideas for own creative work (21,2.2,2.3,2.4)

3. Organise painting resources (3.1,3.2,3.3) 


Painting Workshop:



Working on Project

Activity: This class is an opportunity to develop your own individual work in class and discuss with peers and teacher.

3. Organise painting resources


5. Evaluate own painting work


 4. Adjust and refine ideas for own creative work (4.1,4.2,4.3) 


Project Resolution.

Folio Preparation.

This class is an opportunity to rework or finish any paintings to be presented in the project or the folio ready for assessment.

It is a chance to speak with lecturer about the content of the folio and suggestions on how to “resolve” works.

Visual Diary Research Task: Write a brief reflection of your own conceptual development and technical execution throughout the Project.

3. Organise painting resources


5. Evaluate own painting work


4. Adjust and refine ideas for own creative work (4.1,4.2,4.3)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.


Materials: Students will be required to have required materials purchased prior to the commencement of the course. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.

Library Subject Guide for Visual Art is an RMIT webpage for students of Visual Art.

It can be used to access books and e-books, databases and streaming videos, images, referencing, art dictionaries, guides and directories.

The Library Subject Guide is available at:URL:

Suggested texts:

Collins Complete Artist’s Manual, the definitive guide to artist’s material and techniques for painting and drawing, Jennings, Simon (ed), Collins, London, 2005


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.


Assessment task


Due date

Individual Tutorial

Discuss Ideas for own creative work

Week 6, Week 7, Week 8

Visual Diary

Assigned research tasks

Week 11

Folio of art works

Series of paintings from class

Week 11

Painting Project

Individually devised & produced painting(s)

Week 11


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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