Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6355C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4370 - 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

Nominal Hours: 50

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 covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to proactively experiment and innovate with various drawing techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice. This course relates to drawing as an art form and therefore differs from courses that focus on drawing as a visual representation tool.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADRA401 Experiment with techniques to produce drawings


1. Develop proficiency with a range of drawing techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate potential for new approaches to drawing based on capabilities of known techniques 1.2 Adapt or introduce new equipment, tools and materials to achieve different effects 1.3 Extend own capability with drawing techniques through experimentation on samples, practice pieces or a work in progress 1.4 Assess safety and sustainability issues for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for drawing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Discuss, with key people, creative and other goals for own drawings 2.2 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners and comply with intellectual property requirements 2.3 Use knowledge of different drawing techniques to inform ideas 2.4 Consider how different techniques and ideas can best work together 2.5 Assess the professional potential and presentation requirements of own work to inform ideas 2.6 Refine and confirm ideas based on research, experimentation and collaboration with others


3. Organise drawing resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify specific resource requirements for the chosen work 3.2 Research potential sources of supply for drawing resources 3.3 Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on development of the work 3.4 Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished drawings 3.5 Coordinate required resources and set up according to safety requirements


4. Create finished drawings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create drawings using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation, considering and applying elements and principles of design 4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with production of own work 4.3 Handle equipment, tools and materials safely; minimise and safely dispose of waste throughout all processes 4.4 Document development of own work and the research and ideas that informed it


5. Evaluate own drawing work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Reflect on own conceptual development and technical execution of the work 5.2 Identify areas for future skill development and options to learn 5.3 Discuss completed work with others and consider all feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to:

  • develop ideas and techniques through a process of research and experimentation
  • produce multiple finished drawings or a single major work that demonstrate a command of techniques
  • apply knowledge of drawing techniques, equipment and materials and the ways they may be adapted and combined.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:

  1.  In-class activities:
  • teacher directed studio activities/projects
  • studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching
  • group discussion
  • studio work
  1. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • project work
  • independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources


Teaching Schedule

Week 1



Outline course and requirements

The Skeleton

Research two artists (post 1980) who work from the model or images of the body. Place b&w samples in visual diary

1.1, 1.2,1.3

Week 2


Focus on the full figure

Exploring various drawing systems including blind contour,continuous line


As above


Week 3


In class activity-Draw a portrait of a class member

Focus on heads and hands and long poses studies

Sketch heads and hands

1.1, 1.2,1.3

Week 4


Tonal focus with rub back technique 1 long pose

Sketch studies of people you live with or able to ‘pose’ for you

1.1, 1.2,1.3

Week 5


Tonal focus with modified rub back technique 2 long pose

Focus on foreshortening the figure

As above


Week 6


Charcoal pencil Short poses

As above


Week 7


Charcoal pencil Long poses

Small pencil figure studies ranging from 30 seconds to 5 minutes

1.1, 1.2,1.3


Week 8


Gestural mark making using ink: Bring brushes, ink, palette

As above


Week 9


Short pose focus

Cropped self portrait sketch (mirror

drawing) using ink

1.1, 1.2,1.3

Week 10


Long pose focus / assessment

As above




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 on all assessment.

Assessment task


Due date

Evidence of the ability to:

develop ideas and techniques through a process of research and experimentation

produce multiple finished drawings that demonstrate a command of techniques

apply knowledge of drawing techniques, equipment and materials and the ways they may be adapted and combined.

Present a folio containing 6 Short pose drawings (Less than 15 minutes poses) and 6 Developed drawings  (15 minute poses or longer) / and Visual Diary

Semester 2  assessment

Final Folio Submission: Week 11

Your folio should include all assessment tasks.


Assessment Matrix

1. Folio




1.1, 1.2,1.3


3.1, 3.2,3.3

  • general knowledge of the physical properties and capabilities of a range of commonly used drawing tools and materials
  • general knowledge of different approaches to drawing and how other practitioners use drawing to represent the concept
  • awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation in relation to drawing
  • overview knowledge of the elements and principles of design

environmental and occupational health and safety issues associated with the tools and materials used for drawing.

  • literacy skills sufficient to read product labels and instructions
  • numeracy skills sufficient to deal with basic scaling and layout issues.

The assessment context must provide for:

practical demonstration of skills using a range of tools and materials to produce drawings which represent and communicate the concept.

2. Visual Diary




1.1, 1.2,1.3


3.1, 3.2,3.3

  • For further information, please refer to the website

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work.  This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


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

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

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