Course Title: Explore the use of colour

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: GRAP5325C

Course Title: Explore the use of colour

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4281 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Fiona Hillary

Tel: 9925 4962


Nominal Hours: 40

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 develop skills and knowledge required to research light and colour in a variety of art methods and settings. This course encourages you to develop your own ideas and concepts about the use of light and colour for integration into a body of creative work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES301A Explore the use of colour


1. Source information on colour and colour theory

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and access sources of information on colour and colour theory
1.2. Evaluate and collate information to build a knowledge of colour and its application in different contexts


2. Experiment with colour

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Test different colours and colour combinations through experimentation
2.2. Use own ideas as a way of testing, challenging or confirming colour theory
2.3. Ensure safe use of materials, tools and equipment during experimentation with colour


3. Communicate concepts and ideas through use of colour

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Investigate how colour might be used to communicate a particular idea or concept
3.2. Select materials, tools and equipment relevant to the idea or concept
3.3. Apply colour in a way that communicates the concept or idea based on own knowledge of colour and colour theory
3.4. Review and reflect on own use of colour and what it communicates
3.5. Seek and obtain feedback from others about the way colour has been used and its success in communicating the concept or idea
3.6. Present and store work any samples in a way which takes account of the need for professional presentation and potential relevance for future work

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
•Explore the possibilities of colour and light through experimentation with art making techniques and media
•Extend your understanding of the unique possibilities with art making

You will gain an understand the different art making process and the relevant OH&S requirements.
It is expected you will determine and organise resource requirements for new work, develop research and refine a conceptual vision for a body of work.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. You will complete workshops and industry style projects.

In this course, you learn through both in class activities and out of class activities.
1. In-class activities include:

  •  teacher directed group activities/projects
  •  class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  •  peer teaching and class presentations
  •  class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  •  studio work.

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  •  practical exercises
  •  project work
  •  independent research.

The major learning experience involves studio based practice, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Teaching Schedule

Demonstration of printing stencil & exposing positive
Mixing inks and registration Students print own stencils

WeekCourse contentTask / assessmentElements

Introduction to course context

Studio and materials outline

Expectation and course requirments


Studio expectation and OH&S

Includes materials, tools and safety lessons

Project 1 - A play with colour – monochromatic, grey tones, shifted colours

Developing drawings and themes for work

Complete OH&S checklist1
3Project 1 - colour and materialsCreeting themes in art work
4Presentation of project 1 - Aplay with colour
Project 1 due 1
5Stencil workshopTesting different colour combinations 1, 2

Discussion of photographic positives and preparation.

Print and prepare own stencils

Explore stencil artists1,2
7Project 2 - Lino cuts - tools and techniques

Safety and processes

Exploring colour attributes and colour relationships

1, 2
8Project 2 - Lino cuts - tools and techniques 1, 2
9 Project 2 - Exploring colour attributes and colour relationships 1, 2
10 Project 2 - presentation  Project 2 due1, 2
11Applying emulsion and exposure
Discussing project outline - project 3
 1, 2

Project 3 Etching process and techniques

OH&S risks and processes

13 Project 3 - EtchingResearch artists and their use of a large colour palette1, 2
14 Present project 3 Project 3 due1, 2
15 Complie all work and vsiual diary together for pre folio. Complete printing editions 3
16 Folio presentation Folio due3

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

Art Almanac provides a comprehensive listing of galleries and exhibitions throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria however you should become familiar with the following print specific bodies:


Print Room: NGV International, 180 St. Kilda Road

Print Council of Australia: 42 Courtney Street, North Melbourne 3051: ph. 9328 8991

Australian Print Workshop: 210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 3065: ph. 9419 5466

Firestation Print Studio: 2 Willis Street, Armadale 3143: ph. 9509 1782

Peter Lancaster Press: 14 Eames Street, Brooklyn: ph. 9314 3036

Port Jackson Press Australia:

Print Room: 59-61 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3066: ph. 9419 8988

Crown Point Press, Magical – Secrets: A Printmaking Community

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will be expected to make use of the library resources.

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.

Artists to look at:

  • Janet Parker-Smith, Justin Trendall, Rebecca Mayo, Colin McCahon, Frank Gohier, Juan Davila, David Salle, Sol LeWitt, David Band, David Noonan, Robert Raushenberg, Gary Hume, Stephan Spurrier, Darren Bryant, Ben Rak, Trevor Richards, Theo Koning, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Milan Milojevic

This list is are suggestions and a starting point only, please ensure your research goes beyond this list.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester and requires participation in workshops. The demonstrated ability to research and experiment with techniques to produce art works will be assessed by participation in the workshops which is mandatory. 

You will demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the processes, skills and techniques of the methods of artv making which you are introduced to.


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.

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

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

Completion of a folio of work that includes:

  • One resolved image at an edition of a minimum of 5 prints per image
  • One image that will be an experimental unique state print. A play with colour – monochromatic, grey tones, shifted colours
  • Visual Diary




Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.
These are available through the Program Coordinator

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 go to

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:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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