Course Title: Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6380C

Course Title: Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6149 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Deb Williams

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4215

Course Contact Email: deborah.williams@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deb Williams       deborah.williams@rmit.edu.au

Carolyn Eskdale carolyn.eskdale@rmit.edu.au

Loretta Quinn      loretta.quinn@rmit.edu.au

Tyler Payne

Tyler.payne@rmit.edu.

Saffron Newey

saffron.newey@rmit.edu.au

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

Nil

Course Description

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to add depth to expertise in a specialist field or technique.

This course will be clustered with BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level

Element:

1. Maintain currency of specialised knowledge in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Initiate own exposure to contemporary practice  in chosen art form 1.2 Proactively identify and explore the potential of new and emerging technologies, materials and methodologies 1.3 Evaluate impacts of current and emerging trends on the creation of ideas, production of work and management of professional creative practice

Element:

2. Evolve ideas in a specialised art form

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research historical and contemporary themes and concepts in chosen art form 2.2 Analyse the motivations, philosophies and cultural origins of different works in chosen art form 2.3 Identify new sources and research opportunities  2.4 Identify the potential for individualised or specialised research  based on current practice 2.5 Evolve own ideas and develop innovative approaches 2.6 Hone and adapt concepts for work based on emerging ideas and res

Element:

3. Manage specialised resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate the requirements for the set-up, handling and storage of specialised materials, tools and equipment 3.2 Create resource management systems  that support professional practice

Element:

4. Refine specialised technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Integrate command of technique, materials and process to create finished work of professional standard suitable for the public domain 4.2 Deepen individual engagement with techniques, ideas and the relationships between them 4. 3Apply critical and creative thinking to challenge, adapt and refine the creative work

Element:

5. Resolve technical and conceptual challenges

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Trouble shoot technical challenges that arise in the creation of work based on detailed understanding of specialised materials and processes  5.2 Develop innovative solutions that allow for experimental approaches 5.3 Find solutions that enhance the conceptual integrity of the work


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will have the ability to:

  • evaluate own skills and knowledge against planned strategies and career goals
  • apply planned strategies to develop and enhance own skills and knowledge
  • research trends within area of specialisation.


Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to the studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.
In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Group discussion
  • Studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • Reading articles and excerpts
  • Preparing for discussion
  • Project work
  • Independent research

This course is clustered and delivered in conjunction with VART6313C Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level.

The course provides individual specialisation in four areas which include painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital art.


Teaching Schedule

Students undertaking the Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts will be provided with an individual studio space to support their learning. The allocation of studios allows for a self directed learning approach for students. You must complete a studio contract and adhere to the working conditions of an artist studio including maintaining Occupational Health and Safety standards and working in a shared, communal space.    

In the first week of the program, you are require to set up and move into your individual studio space. 

WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR FOUR SPECIALISATIONS

PRINTMAKING SPECIALISATION

WEEKDATETOPICTRAINING ACTIVITYASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTSELEMENTS
 18/2/16  Studio set up

Introduction to general knowledge of different styles of printmaking and unique possibilities within printmaking in the production of imagery, specifically intaglio printing.

Introduction to the work of key practitioners

Project 1A

Completion of ONE resolved image with a minimum of 6 colours/differing stencils. The edition will demonstrate photographic colour separation / exposed stencil techniques, opaque & transparent inks and layering as introduced in class.

  • An edition of a minimum of 3
  • Back up and experimental prints
  • a unique state print
  • print for silent auction
Due date End of semester 1
 
15/2/16

Introduction: Health and Safety 

Conventions and Terminology. Overview of semester delivery.

Course information and requirements

Handout Project 1B Object as reference (Semester 1)

View examples of differing intaglio techniques

Paper stencil demonstration

Students prepare paper stencils

Screen allocation
Familiarisation with the use of tools and equipment

Understanding cleaning and maintaining of tools and equipment

Understanding various print technique introduced in class – printing paper stencil

Establish a visual diary that includes relevant visual research investigation and engagement of contemporary and historical artistic practice

Eg working drawings, experiments in media, examples of relevant artists, and conceptual development.

Apply basic printing processes and techniques in the production of a series of prints which is consistent to the related research.

Identify the occupational health and safety aspects of printmaking materials and processes, and demonstrate safe working practices, including PPE.

 
  
22/2/16Demonstration of exposure application on screens and stencil exposure

Continue with printing paper stencils.

Continue to plan work with demonstration in mind for following week

Project 1A

Completion of ONE resolved image with a minimum of 6 colours/differing stencils. The edition will  demonstrate paper stencil / exposed stencil techniques, opaque & transparent inks and layering as introduced in class.

  • An edition of a minimum of 3
  • Back up and experimental prints 
 
 
29/2/16Students will apply emulsion and expose screens and / or continue with paper stencil printing   
7/3/16

Demonstrate splitting channels of an image on photoshop for photographic aspect of project

Continue with project 1A

   
14/3/16Continue with project 1A   
21/3/16Continue with project 1ACritique folio, technical and conceptual, to enable effective use of time in the lead up to assessment.      
 28/3/16Mid semester break      

Set projects including preparatory work. See above

Visual Journal.

For all projects: Students will be required to document in their journal process specific procedures, use of materials and equipment, techniques with visual exploration and experimentation.

 
 4/4/16Continue with project 1A   
911/4/16

Introduction of next Project and requirements

Project outline disseminated

 

Handout Project 1B Object as reference

View examples of differing intaglio techniques

Introduction to soft ground

Refresh aquatint

Soft ground textures

Commence preparation of 2 plates

Introduction to general knowledge of different styles of printmaking and unique possibilities within printmaking in the production of imagery, specifically intaglio printing.

Introduction to the work of key practitioners. 

  
10 Introduction to soft ground

Refresh aquatint

Soft ground textures

Commence preparation of 2 plates

Development of written skills in the production of professional proposals.

Expansion of skills with an extended range of materials and techniques in the production of original prints.

Integration of historical  and contemporary influences and philosophical concerns in the development 

Application of new and emerging technology in the production of original prints.

Discussion of contemporary and historical contexts of Printmaking

Discussion of contemporary and historical contexts of Printmaking

Participation in the workshop is required for assessment.

Appropriate support and resource material including a visual diary should also be submitted for assessment.

Folio of outcomes.

You should note that preparatory work and experimental printing will be a major component of assessment.

We will be looking for engagement in the following:

 Evidence of research

  • Evidence of experimentation and manipulation of processes
  • Conceptual response to projects
  • Technical proficiency
  • Resolution of finished artwork
  • Presentation.
11 Sugar lift demonstration

 

Demonstrate chin colle and sharpie block out

Demonstrate transfer of image and editioning

 

 

12 Work on resolving images/ plates 

 

13 

Finalise plates, complete projects for editioning 

 

14 Edition 2 plate etching 

 

15 Edition 2 plate etching 

Assessment task
An edition of your 2 plate colour etching that demonstrates minimum of 4 differing techniques.
Content/requirements
Multicolour at a minimum of 3 prints for traditional outcome.
Due date
End of semester 1

Assessment task
An unique state of one of your two plates with chine clolle
Content/requirements
16 FOLIO PREPARATION / COMPLETION  

SCULPTURE SPECIALISATION 

WEEKDATETOPICTRAINING ACTIVITYASSESSMENTELEMENT
1

 

Introduction to unit:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Assessment criteria
  • Course requirements
  • Studio clean-up process
  • Introduction to Concept development
Staff presentation on individual career and work  
2Structural analyses & Armature        
3 

Concept briefs due. Class discussion.

Feed back session. View studios/Conduct

Tutorials  

Concept Brief

ProcessingIdeas, Techniques

And Materiality

Individual and group tutorials    
  
4 

Commence head modeling work shop

Construct basic armature

Studio production own work group and individual tutorials    

Understand the process creating armature for head modelling

Individual tutorials
  
5 

Commence modelling the human head working with a life model Modelling the head in clay

Studio production own work group and individual tutorials    

Understand the process of modelling

Individual tutorial
  
6 

Continue modelling the human head working with a life model modelling the head in clay

Studio production own work group and individual tutorials
Develop skills base working from observation in clay  
7 

Refine the head and add final touches to the head

Shim up the head for part A and part B meld

Create part A in Latex or Silicone

Studio production own work group and individual tutorials

Resolve the look of the work

Continue to develop skills base
  
8  MID SEMESTER BREAK   
9 

Classes resume

Create Part B container mold

Studio production own work group and individual tutorials
Production of head modelling Due week 12 
10 

Paint the mould with release agent.

Cast the positive of the mold in material of choice

Wax, Plaster, Agnews water putty, Cement, Resin

Studio production own work group and individual tutorials
   
11 

Paint /Complete the final look of the head

Studio production own work group and individual tutorials
   
12 

Exhibit the works in the foyer on plinths and glass cabinets in foyer of level 6

Studio production, group tutorials, Individual tutorials
   
13 Group and individual tutorials,research

Prepare for assessment

Management and execution of sculpture of folio for assessment
  
14 CLASS PRESENTATIONSGroup and individual tutorials,research  
15 Pre assessment and preparation for assessmentFinalising sculptural folios  
16 

Assessment Preparation

Assessment folio should include:

5. Assessment title: Folio:

Concept Development minimum of three sculptures

Minimum of one completed head cast

6. Visual Diary:

  

PAINTING SPECIALISATION 

 

Week

Class Content

Task / Assessment due dates

Elements

Week 1

Gather resources

Move into studios

3.1, 3.2

Week 2

• Course Outlines

• Discussion of Folio and Assessment requirements.

• Presentation and discussion of Project 1

 

Project 1.

Painting and materiality

Part 1

1.2,  1.3, 4.1-4.3, 5, 6

Week 3

Studio Practice

 

Presentation of Project 1. Part 1

5, 7

Week 4

Studio Practice

 

Individual consultations with Saffron

5, 7

Week 5

Studio Practice

 

Individual consultations with Saffron

5, 7

Week 6

Student presentations

Group Critique: Project 1: Painting and materiality progress

5, 7

Week 7

Studio Practice

 

Project 2. Homage, Appropriation and Critique

Excursion NGV/NGVI

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1,2.2,2.4,4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5, 6

Week 8

Studio Practice

 

Individual consultations with Saffron

5, 7

Week 9

Student presentations

Artists of influence presentation – Powerpoint 10 artists

 

1, 7

Week 9

Studio Practice

Individual consultations with Saffron

3

Week 10

Student group critiques

Peer review

 

Students each present folio work to date for feedback.

Students conduct peer review

1, 5, 7

Week 12

Studio Practice

Individual consultations with Saffron

5, 7

Week 13

Studio Practice

Project 3: Times 20

1.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 4.1-4.3, 5, 6

Week 14

Studio Practice

Individual consultations with Saffron

5, 7

Week 15

Student group critiques

Peer review

Focus on Installation for Assessment

Students each present folio work to date.

Students conduct peer review

1, 5, 7

Week 16

Studio Practice

Individual consultations with Saffron

5, 7

Week 17

Install folio work and Projects 1,2 and 3 for assessment.

 

No classes scheduled

Untutored studio access.

6

Week 18

Assessment

No student access.

 6

 

 

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


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.

Recommended read

Recommended resources for Printmaking
Imprint’ quarterly publication of the Print Council of Australia.
Cabinet Magazine held at RMIT Library, Swanston street.
Lambert, Susan, Print: art and technique, V&A Publications, London, 2001.
McCann, M., Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill, New York, 1979.
Petardi, A. Printmaking, London, 1959.
Grishin, Sasha, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s, Craftsman House, Sydney 1979
Simmons, Rosemary., Dictionary of printmaking terms, London : A. & C. Black, 2002.
Ross and Romano The Complete printmaker New York, Free Press 1972
D’arcy Hughes, Ann & Vernon-Morris, Hebe The printmaking bible : the complete guide to materials and techniques San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2008
Noyce, Richard. Printmaking at the edge London : A. & C. Black, 2006
Watrous Madison, James. American printmaking : a century of American printmaking, 1880-1980 , Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, 1984
Recommended websitess:
Crown Point Press, Magical – Secrets: A Printmaking Community
http://www.magical-secrets.com/
http://www.australianprints.gov.au/
http://www.rama9art.org/artisan/2001/july/proverb/bot.html
http://www.mala.bc.ca/~soules/CMC290/imagetxt.htm
http://www.crownpoint.com
www.printcouncil.org.au

Recommended resources for Digital Imaging

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.

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.

Recommended resources for Sculpture

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.
Below is a list of resources that will be relevant throughout the course:
• Glenn Harper, Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks
• Kirsten Mey, Sculpsit: Artists on Sculpture and Beyond
• Causey, A. Sculpture since 1945 (Oxford History Of Art) Oxford University Press 1198
• Collins J. Contemporary Sculpture Phaidon
• Eleanor Heartney.Art & Today Phaidon
• Uta Grosenick. Art Now, Taschen


• Periodicals, Art Almanac, Current Exhibitions, Public Art & Sculpture

 

Recommended resources for Painting

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Viking Adult; 5th revised and updated edition, 1991
Vitamin P: new perspectives in painting / [contributors] Tomma Abts ... et. al. ; introduction by Barry Schwabsky, London : Phaidon, 2002.

Journals in Library:

Art & Australia

Modern painter


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
 - Printmaking specialisation
Final proposals
Content/requirements
Need to show evidence of research and present experimentation with materials (eg a set of trial Prints for Printmaking, experiments on a range of surfaces and media for painting), any concept changes / development and a clear outline of what they will achieve in Semester 2
Due date
W16 Semester 1

Assessment task Semester 2
Present a thematically connected body of work in direct response to your final proposal from Semester 1 in negotiation with relevant Staff.
Content/requirements
Present a thematically connected body of work in direct response to your final proposal from Semester 1 in negotiation with relevant Staff.
Due date
W16 Semester 2

Assessment task - Sculpture specialisation
Minimum of 3 substantial works
One completed head cast
Relevant back up work
Visual Journal

Due date Week 16 Semester 1

Assessment Tasks - Painting Semester 1

1.

Materiality

Part A Group project in class, due Week 3

Part B Individual materiality project: 3 x artworks due Week 18

2.

Homage, Appropriation and Critique

3 x Artworks due Week 18

3. Times 20

20 Artworks based on week 13 class exercise, due Week 18

4.

Compulsory Tasks

Group Critique Week 6

Artists of Influence presentation Week 9

Peer Review week 10

Visual Diary

 

Public Art Semester 2

Assesment title: Project Revision
Due W8

Assessment title: Peer Critique
Due W12/14

Assessment title: Resolved body of work related to project proposal.
Due W18

Assessment Title: Visual Diary
Due W18

Digital Art Semester 2

Assesment title: Project Revision
Due W8

Assessment title: Peer Critique
Due W12/14

Assessment title: Resolved body of work related to project proposal.
Due W18

Assessment Title: Visual Diary
Due W18

 

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Visual Art.

Grade CHD
Outline Competent with high distinction
Grading 80 - 100
Criteria Highly developed

Grade CDI
Outline Competent with distinction
Grading 70 - 79
Criteria Well developed

Grade CC
Outline Competent with credit
Grading 60 - 69
Criteria Developed

Grade CAG
Outline Competent achieved - graded
Grading 50 - 59
Criteria Sound

Grade NYC
Outline Not Yet Competent
Grading
Criteria

Grade DNS
Outline Did not submit for assessment
Grading
Criteria


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 Administration.

Other Information

Feedback
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.

Plagiarism
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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;
(unresolved)

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.

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