Course Title: Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: GRAP5151C

Course Title: Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

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Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

OHTH5322C - Follow health, safety and security procedures

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to develop drawings which represent and communicate the concept. This is a core unit which underpins many other specialisation units.

The course covers a wide range of methods and media generally associated with the recognised contexts of ‘drawing’. These are applied to an extensive range of subject matter and conceptual approaches.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCOR09A Select and apply drawing techniques/media to communicate a concept

Learning Outcomes

1. Research suitable drawing techniques for representing the concept
2. Determine purpose for drawings
3. Explore drawing techniques and produce drawings

Details of Learning Activities

Drawing techniques and media introduces ‘Drawing’ as a method of processing preliminary ideas for all visual art practices and presents ‘Drawing’ as a stand-alone art medium in its own right.
Course Delivery is in the form of :
•    Lectures and practical demonstrations
•    Studio practice
•    Tutorial discussions
•    Class discussions
•    Individual tuition

Teaching Schedule

Students are presented with a different still life set up each week appropriate to a range of specific tasks.
Tasks include the following: identifying shape, form and space, tonal transitions, composition, a structural approach to drawing objects, perspective, and beginning with charcoal broadening to a variety of drawing mediums and techniques.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Betti, Claudia + Sale, Teel - ‘Drawing, A Contemporary Approach’.
Kaupelis, Robert, ‘Experimental Drawing’.
Simmons/Winer, ‘DRAWING -The Creative Process’.

Overview of Assessment

Folio presentation marked by a panel, with written response.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment requirements:
•    Presentation folio of 9 resolved drawings
•    Sketch studies and other backup drawings
•    Visual Art Journal/s and Sketchbooks
•    Class participation.

Assessment procedure:
A folio is presented at the end of semester one and marked by a panel.
Students who complete a satisfactory first semester’s ‘Drawing’ folio will receive a PX (Pass).
A final graded mark for ‘Drawing’ will be given at the end of semester two.

An overall written response is including in the assessment under the headings of ‘Conceptual/Critical skills’, Technical Skills, and ‘Studio Practice & Personal Objectives’.

Assessment Criteria :
i.      Understanding and application of various drawing techniques
ii.     Use of line and tone
iii.    Observational skills
iv.    Understanding of composition / space / colour / shape & interval etc
v.     Personal interpretation of the subject matter
vi.    Evaluation of suitability in the use and application of materials and techniques
vii.   Effective research in the gathering of visual information for project work
viii.  Degree of participation in the course

Assessment Matrix

WeekActivityLearning Outcomes
2Introduction : Drawing Powerpoint
Outside drawing
Looking at the variety of drawings from representational  to abstract.
3Chair and Memory drawingIdentifying shape, positive and negative space and observational intensity.
4White sheet over chairIdentifying tonal transitions across a material
6Composition – ceramic bottlesProducing a selected view from a large collection of objects
7Rub back 1 – tin objectsIdentify the technique of producing a rub back drawing.
8Rub back 2 – industrial objectsApplying the technique from the previous week with the option of adding a ‘black’ and white pastel.
9Tricycles - structureIdentifying a structural approach to drawing.
10Boxes - perspectiveIdentifying the basic principles of perspective.
11Ink – glass bottles – and plastic vasesIdentifying the techniques in the use of ink with opaque, transparent and translucent objects.
12Ink – potted plants and vinesExploration of gestural mark making using ink.
13Coloured pastel - fruitIdentifying techniques in the application of coloured pastel
14Coloured pastel – classical themeApplying pastel techniques to objects with a wide range of values and saturations.
15Mixed Media Drawing – shoes and photographsApplying a wide of mediums (wet and dry) to a still life set-up.
16Mixed Media Drawing – assorted garments and objectsApplying a wide range of mediums (wet and dry) to a still life set-up.
Juxtaposition within a diptych
17Assessment Week 
18Folio enrichment  

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