Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6351C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4370 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Nominal Hours: 80

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

CUVPRP401A Realise a creative projectThis course is delivered in conjunction with CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project.

Course Description

On successful completion of this unit, you will have created a folio that demonstrates the skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas


1. Plan drawing work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify drawing requirements from reference material and confirm with appropriate people if required 1.2 Identify factors, including contractual, legal and ethical factors, that may impact on how drawing work is undertaken 1.3 Gather information about drawing techniques, materials and equipment from a range of sources and determine how they may be used to communicate ideas 1.4 Evaluate information for its application to specific drawing briefs


2. Experiment to represent ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explore the capabilities of techniques, materials and equipment 2.2 Follow safety procedures for particular techniques, materials and equipment 2.3 Select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawings and their presentation context


3. Create drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques 3.2 Produce preliminary drawings and discuss their effectiveness with relevant people 3.3 Confirm intellectual property and other relevant legislative requirements are met 3.4 Finalise drawings, incorporating feedback on work in progress as required 3.5 Prepare drawings for the presentation context

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have completed drawings that will contribute to a portfolio of evidence.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:


In-class activities:

  • • teacher directed studio activities/projects
  • • studio exercises to review discussions
  • • peer teaching and class presentations
  • • group discussion and review of peer work
  • • studio work
  • • practical demonstrations in the studio
  • • lectures, videos and PowerPoint presentations


Out-of-class activities include:

  • • practical exercises
  • • reading articles and excerpts
  • • preparing for discussion
  • • project work
  • • independent research in your visual diary
  • • gallery visits.


You are expected to make use of the RMIT Library resources and visit RMIT and other local galleries to increase you knowledge of contemporary art and artists.

Teaching Schedule


Class content

Visual Diary Tasks

Week 1

6 July




Video Presentation:   William Kentridge Interview

                                   How We Make Sense of the World


Housekeeping, OHS, recommended easel use.


Focus: Line and shape. Dark marks on light field.


Medium: Charcoal



Week 2

13 July


Introduction to weekly schedule and Course Guide


PowerPoint:        Formal Elements of Drawing


Focus: Line, shape, space, tone and composition.

            Identifying positive and negative shape              

            through cut outs. Practising tonal range.


Major Drawing: Drawing tonally from white objects.


Medium: Graphite Pencil



Visual Diary Task 1:


Draw an egg (or eggs) in graphite pencil using a range of tonal values.

Week 3

20 July


Rub Back Drawing

Focus: “Subtractive Drawing” Rub back drawing from still life tableau. From dark to light.


Medium: Charcoal, erasers


NB. This is an assessable task.



Visual Diary Task 2:


Make a simple rub back drawing of an object in your visual diary.

Week 4

27 July


Fabric Landscape


Focus: Tonal drawing of drapery and metal bins. Observational and tonal realist approach to irregular form.


Viewfinders, composition and “trapped shapes” (Trapped Shapes Exercise handout)


Medium: Charcoal, erasers.


Week 5

3 August


Collaborative mural drawings


Focus: Tone, blending, scale, observation, proportion.


Medium: Charcoal, Rembrandt pastel and white pastel

Visual Diary Task 3:


Document the process of making the collaborative drawing in class.  Describe the process and include images.

Week 6

10 August


Strategies of Perspective


PowerPoint examples of Linear, Scale, Foreshortening and Atmospheric Perspective.


Focus: Drawing either cityscape using perspective from the windows of the building or an interior stairwell.


Medium: Graphite Pencil, ruler, eraser, small drawing boards provided.



Week 7

17 August




Focus: Brown paper drawings of small objects (shells). Texture and pattern.


Medium: Conté pencils and Conté crayons.

Visual Diary Task 4:


Find 3 objects that have pattern or texture and draw them in any medium on three separate pages. 


Week 8

24 August


Mixed media. Ink and dry media.


Focus: Drawing reflective objects building up tone in layers of ink and small detailed objects refining detail with nibs.  Metallic containers and vintage shoe holders.


Medium: Ink, brushes, pens and nibs. Soft pastel or conté.

Visual Diary Task 5:


Test mark making with ink and nibs and brushes.  Cover two full pages of the visual diary with experiments.

Week 9

31 August


Limited Palette Soft Pastel.


Pastel techniques, layering, feathering, hatching, cross-hatching and blending.


Focus: Simple forms and colour relationships – balloons.


Medium: Soft pastel.


Visual Diary Task 6:


Trial pastel techniques. Layering of colours, “feathering”, hatching and cross hatching and blending.



Week 10

7 September


En Plein Air Pastels


Focus: working on small studies in the field - en plain air. Carlton Gardens. Fountain, organic forms, landscape or architectural detail.


Medium: Soft pastel. Colour pastel papers and boards provided.



Week 11

14 Sept

Introduction to Project Brief: Drawing to Communicate


PowerPoint of examples of artist’s works that “communicate ideas”.


Looking for content #1 – Communicating an idea?


Focus: Where to start.


Drawing and “research” exercises from the book “How to Be an Explorer of the World” by Keri Smith.


Serial Drawings. Drawings of hands (using own hands) to communicate an idea in series. 5 sequential drawings that describe an idea.


Discuss: commonly used research methodologies for creative practitioners.  How do artists and creative people find their ideas for something to make?


Materials: Choice of media.






18-29 Sept


Mid Semester Break


Week 12

5 Oct


Looking for content #2 - Three Objects into One

Bring three small objects to class and draw a “compilation” drawing creating one object from elements of the three.


Discuss: current and emerging practices for documenting work in a creative context.  How will you record the process from idea to drawing?



Week 13

12 Oct

Looking for content #3 - Collage


Focus: strategies for finding ideas.


Using a process to find ideas. Collage. Creating ideas for a new monument using collaged vintage magazines and other materials. Possible extension- drawing onto or from the collage.


Week 14

19 Oct

Looking for content #4 – Memory Drawing


Focus: strategies for finding ideas.


Drawing from Memory.

1. Drawing from the memory of an existing historical art work.

2. Drawing from your own memory of a sequence of events in panels.


Materials: choice of media


Discuss: outlined basic project management techniques, particularly in relation

to work planning, time management and resource management


Visual Diary Task 7:


How will you use your time to realise your project?  Outline the timeframe, the process (order of tasks and priorities etc) to show how you intend to make and document your processes.

Week 15

26 Oct

Choosing a Drawing Medium

Choosing a drawing medium to suit the communication of your idea.

Thinking about materials as a communicating device. Eg. Ephemeral drawings and how they might communicate through the medium.


Material research of media and process. Studies.


Discuss in Pairs and/or groups: progress of ideas with the support of the teacher.


Discuss: sustainability issues associated with the tools and materials used in

the chosen creative form


Discuss: work health and safety procedures in relation to chosen creative form.


Week 16

2 Nov

Working individually in studio setting on development and progression of Project.


Week 17

2 Nov

Working individually in studio setting on development and progression of Project.


Week 18

2 Nov

Working individually in studio setting on development and progression of Project.


Week 19

2 Nov

Working individually in studio setting on development and progression of Project.


Week 20

30 Nov

Resolving Project works.

Focus: Presentation and installation of final drawings for Project.

Hallway exhibition. Hanging and arranging works.


Group review: evaluating the process, works, successes and opportunities.



Week 21

4-8 Dec

Assessment Week


NB. While all course content in this schedule will be covered, the weekly order may change depending on class needs and availability of resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT Library and Library Subject Guides:

The University Library has extensive resources.  The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Art Subject Guide can be found at :

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings 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.

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 during class and during Tutorial Week.


Assessment Task 1:

Rub Back Drawing – Due Week 3 (submitted in class)


Folio Submission

A folio is to be submitted for assessment at the end of semester comprising of the following Assessment Tasks undertaken to a satisfactory standard.


Assessment Task 2:

A selection of 6 major drawings from class workshops from Weeks 1-14

Due Date: Week 21 (4-8 December)


Assessment Task 3:

One “resolved” drawing (or series of drawings) from the Project “Drawing to Communicate” supported by all studies, revisions, documentation of installation and material research evidence. Due Date: Week 21 (4-8 December)


Assessment Task 4:

Visual Diary Submission

Description: A visual diary is to be developed over the course of the semester.  In this diary you should gather ideas, references, responses to drawing approaches, techniques and individual drawings that are relevant to your understanding of processes and materials. Specific visual diary tasks are outlined in the weekly schedule.  A visual diary should also include ongoing documentation of drawings encountered in exhibition experiences and independent research in the relevant subject areas.


Due Date: Week 21 (4-8 December)


NB. Regular attendance is essential to complete the recommended number of resolved drawings in the studio setting. 

Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix for this unit can be accessed by contacting the Course Co-ordinator.

Other Information

Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on your work during class and in Tutorial Week.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.;ID=kehn9bz22r41


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.


Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.


Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.;ID=az8fl470ucg41

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