Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

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:

  • lectures/demonstrations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures


2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • Visual diary exercises

Teaching Schedule



Course content

Journal Tasks / Assessment due dates



Outline course and requirements

Explorations in line1


Quick line sketches of the body from photos or art work

1.1-4             2.1,2,3,4

3.1,2,3,5       4.1-4 


Explorations in line 2


Quick line sketches of the body from photos or art work

1.1,3,4           2.1,2,3,4

3.1,5              4.1-4 



Explorations in Tone 1

(Medium: charcoal, kneadable eraser, clips)


Do studies in shading of parts of the body.

1.1,3,4           2.1,3,4

3.1,5              4.1-4 



Explorations in Tone 2

(Medium: charcoal, kneadable eraser, clips)


Do studies in shading of parts of the body.

1.1,3,4           2.1,3,4

3.1,5              4.1-4 




(Medium: charcoal, kneadable eraser, clips)


Sketch heads from life, and/ or photos and/or art

1.1,3,4           2.1,2,3,4

3.1,5              4.1-4 



Explorations in hatching methods Charcoal pencil

(Medium: Charcoal pencil, kneadable eraser, clips)


Small pencil figure studies using various forms of hatching

1.1-4              2.1,3,4

3.1,2,3,5        4.1-4 



Explorations in Ink

(Medium:  ink, brushes, plastic palette, a container for water in order to dilute ink.)


Small ink figure studies

1.1-4              2.1,3,4

3.1,2,3,5        4.1-4 



Long poses

(Medium: your choice of  charcoal, charcoal pencil, ink) 


Drawings from the body using personal choice of material or method.

1.1-4              2.1,3,4,5

3.1,4.5           4.1-4  



Long poses

(Medium: your choice of  charcoal, charcoal pencil, ink) 


Drawings from the body using personal choice of material or method.

1.1-4              2.1,3,4,5

3.1,4.5           4.1-4 



Long poses

(Medium: your choice of  charcoal, charcoal pencil, ink) 


Drawings from the body using personal choice of material or method.

1.1-4              2.1,3,4,5

3.1,4.5           4.1-4




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The library and the net

You will be encouraged to attend exhibitions and visit galleries outside of your learning environment

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

The assessment consists a folio of drawings done in class and the visual diary tasks

This Cert IV course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment


Competency Achieved


Not Yet Competent


Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix


course title

Experiment with drawing (life drawing)

RMIT Unit code


National code


Assessment tasks


Performance criteria


*Required knowledge

*Required skills

*Critical aspects of evidence

Folio of drawings (6 short poses and 8 long poses)





Visual diary with set tasks














1 – 4

1 – 6

1 – 5

1 – 4

1 – 3




1 – 4



1 – 3











To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

-Describe intellectual property requirements relevant to producing drawing works.


-summarise methods used to research creative and technical approaches to drawing


-explain how the works of other practitioners may be used to inform individual practice


-describe the role of experimentation in developing and refining ideas for drawings and how it relates to the development of an individual style


-explain ways to adapt, extend and combine the capabilities of a wide range of drawing techniques


-describe, for the elements and principles of design, the detailed characteristics, key interrelationships, use in drawings and how they may be challenged


-Summarise, for a wide range of tools and equipment used to produce drawings, key physical features, uses and maintenance requirements


-list and describe the physical properties and capabilities of a wide range of materials used to produce drawing works


-list suppliers of resources for professional drawing practice with particular emphasis on raw, part-processed and processed drawing materials


-describe practices and procedures for working safely and sustainably with materials, tools and equipment for producing drawing work.



Identifies own skills gaps and may initiate a learning plan to progress professional career



Interprets and evaluates complex and unfamiliar information to support design ideas and to identify key information about resources



Uses clear, specific and industry related terminology to document a comprehensive record of research, conceptual idea development and production


Oral Communication

Clearly represents ideas for designs and techniques using relevant industry and conceptual language

Uses questioning and active listening techniques to elicit different perspectives about creative ideas and feedback, and to confirm understanding



Uses basic calculations to measure and record dimensions of display areas and appropriate size of drawings to suit requirements


Uses basic calculations to determine and record quantities of equipment, tools and materials


Interprets budgetary constraints and supplier prices and calculates sometimes complex order costs


Navigate the world of work

Takes responsibility for compliance with legal, safety and sustainability practices associated with creative work


Interact with others

Discusses design concepts and collaborates with other artists to generate new ideas and solutions to achieve best outcomes for own creative work

Engages in an open conversation to elicit and consider the merit of feedback from peers and others to enhance future performance


Get the work done

Takes responsibility for completing own creative works from design inception to realisation, efficiently and logically sequencing the stages of preparation and production

Manages own decisions about appropriate design ideas and techniques by experimentation with a range of explored options

Resolves problems with technique through experimentation and analysis

Evidence of the ability to:

-use a process of thorough research and experimentation to confirm ideas for own work


-identify and acquire resources required to complete chosen work


-adapt and use a range of drawing techniques to create a single major work or multiple drawings that:



    proficiency in  



-reflects understanding of elements and principles of design

-demonstrates innovation and the emergence of an individual style

-review and document the research and development process.







Other Information



You will receive written feedback on the completion of your assessment tasks.




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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Reasonable adjustment

In assessing whether a particular adjustment is reasonable consideration should be given to:

  • the student’s disability and his/her views
  • the effect of the adjustment on the student, including effect on his/her ability to achieve learning outcomes, participate in courses or programs and achieve independence
  • the effect of the proposed adjustment on anyone else affected, including the education provider, staff and other students
  • the costs and benefits of making the adjustment.

As a result, what constitutes "reasonable" varies on a case-by-case basis and the balance is sometimes difficult to strike.  However, it is clear that education providers are not required to lower academic standards or disregard the needs staff or other students. In more complex cases discussion with the disability service will be useful. It may be useful to examine previous judgements in relation to the DDA.

Language Literacy & Numeracy

An RTO needs to fit LLN into the delivery of its training and assessment as it has an important role in:

  • redressing any deficiencies in its students’ key LLN skills
  • building the generic skills of teamwork, communication and problem solving that are highly valued by employers.

Employability skills

In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills. There are eight employability skills.

Employability Skills which feature in the Diploma of Visual Art include:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self management
  • Learning
  • Technology 

Employability skills are embedded in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. Further information about the employability skills you will develop in this program is available at: chapter/EmpSkillsMandText

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