Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce paintings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2016

Course Code: VART6250C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce paintings

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of 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

Fiona Hillary

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

In this course you will explore the diverse application of painting to communicate ideas. This will include developing painting skills and confidence with various painting techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPAI401A Experiment with techniques to produce paintings


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

Performance Criteria:


1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of techniques  already used

1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment  and materials  to achieve different effects

1.3. Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation

1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations  for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for paintings

Performance Criteria:


2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for digital image work

2.2. Research , adapt and use relevant ideas  and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements 

2.3. Apply knowledge of different digital imaging techniques to inform ideas

2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other

2.5. Consider the professional potential  and other criteria  for work when developing ideas

2.6. Refine  and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


3. Organise painting resources

Performance Criteria:


3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work

3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply  for digital imaging resources

3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints  that impact on the development of work

3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations  for finished digital images

3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


4. Create finished paintings

Performance Criteria:


4.1. Create digital images, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation

4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work

4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of work

4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it


5. Evaluate own painting work

Performance Criteria:


5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution

5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development

5.3. Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

class exercises to review discussions/lectures
practical demonstrations
analysis/critique of relevant reading material
peer teaching and class presentations

Out of class activities may include:

group discussion
online research
independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Week Course Content Tasks Elements
1 Introduction to unit
Introduction to Brief 1 – Monochromatic Painting
Gerhard Richter
2 Studio Study
Responding to object/form/shape/tone with a monochromatic palette.
Identify an artist who works with a monochromatic palate. Identify a specific work. Articulate a response to the work. 1/2
3 Brief 1- Monochromatic painting
Develop an OH&S checklist for the painting studio.
4 Brief 1- Monochromatic painting   1/2/3
5 Brief 1- Monochromatic painting   1/2/3
6 Brief 1- Monochromatic painting Present works 1/2/3/4/5

Stretcher making: Canvas Stretching/Gesso

Introduction to Brief 2: Complementary Making

Make a list of materials required to stretch your own canvas, cost the materials from Melbourne Art Supplies. 1/2/3

Stretcher making: Canvas Stretching/Gesso

Brief 2: Complementary Making

Maquette construction
In your visual diary identify the objects you have included in your maquette and explain why.
9 Brief 2: Complementary Making   1/2/3
10 Brief 2: Complementary Making   1/2/3/4
11 Brief 2: Complementary Making Present works 1/2/3/4/5
12 Introduction Brief 3 – The self
Working on board
Investigate different painting surfaces and document your findings. 1/2
13 Brief 3 – The Self   3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
14 Brief 3 – The Self   3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
15 Brief 3 – The Self   3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
16 Brief 3 – The Self Present works 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 2.1., 2.2. 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Hasting, J., Vitamin P₂ : new perspectives in painting, London : Phaidon, 2011.

Mayer, R. & Smith,E., The artist’s handbook of materials and techniques 3rd ed., rev. and expanded, London : Faber 1973.


Library Subject Guides: Visual Art

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks, a series of major projects
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of visual diary and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks Semester 1:

1. Assessment title: Monochromatic painting:
Description: 1 resolved Studio Study/Monochromatic studies of maquette.
Semester: S1
Week: 6

2. Assessment title: Complementary Making
Description: submit resolved painting on canvas and maquette
Semester: S1
Week: 11

3. Assessment title: The Self
Description: submit 1 resolved painting from life & 1 resolved exploration along with studies
Semester: S1
Week: 16

4. Assessment title: Visual Diary
Description: All visual diary tasks including ongoing exhibition experiences/research
Semester: S1
Week: 16

5. Assessment title: Folio submission:
Description: Brief 1, 2, 3
Semester: S1
Week: 17

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency.  These are available through the course contact in Program Manager.

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