Course Title: Refine painting techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6231C

Course Title: Refine painting techniques

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Fiona Hillary

Nominal Hours: 55

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 gain the skills and knowledge required to refine painting technique and to develop an individual style in a body of creative work. This occurs through a process of research, refinement and evaluation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPAI501A Refine painting techniques


1. Research painting ideas and techniques

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Support professional practice by expanding own knowledge of historical and contemporary painting genres
1.2 Research ways that other artists have used different painting techniques and styles
1.3 Investigate how particular painting techniques work to achieve different technical effects
1.4 Evaluate the relationships between painting techniques and ideas
1.5 Adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches with consideration of intellectual property requirements


2. Select painting techniques for refinement

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Consider the opportunities offered by different painting techniques for own art practice
2.2 Determine limitations and constraints of particular techniques in terms of desired outcomes
2.3 Select painting techniques for refinement


3. Consolidate painting technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Establish and follow safe work practices for selected techniques
3.2 Develop increasing confidence and skill through practice and experimentation
3.3 Proactively identify and resolve technical problems in painting projects based on developing expertise
3.4 Challenge and test ideas, and allow new and unpredictable ideas to emerge
3.5 Evolve ideas and other professional skills through ongoing experimentation with technique
3.6 Develop own ways of working with techniques to create individual style
3.7 Create a coherent body of painting work that shows command of selected painting techniques


4. Evaluate own painting technique

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Discuss the development of own technique with others and seek feedback
4.2 Seek and participate in conversations that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches
4.3 Reflect on the particular ways that experimentation with different techniques has informed own artwork
4.4 Identify ways in which technique may be further developed as part of a professional practice and build ideas into future work

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, workshop or classroom 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
•Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
•analysis/critique of relevant reading material
•seminar presentations
•guest lecture
•peer teaching and class presentations

Out of class activities may include:
•group discussion
•online research
•independent project based work
•teacher directed group activities/projects
•site visits (observations)
•studio practice

Teaching Schedule

WeekCourse ContentElements

Project Brief 1:  Simple Abstract



 3 Project 13.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
 4 Project 1:  Present outcomes4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
 5 Project Brief 2:  Red Abstraction1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5


 6 Project 23.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
 7 Project 23.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
 8 Project 2: Present Outcomes4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
9 Project Brief 3: Part 1-51.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5


10 Project 3 Part 13.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
11 Project 3 Part 13.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
12 Project 3 Part 1/21.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

13 Project 3 Part 23.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
14 Project 3 Part 2/31.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

15 Project 3 Part 33.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7
 16 Project 3 Part 34.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

Mayer, R The artist’s handbook of materials and techniques 1991 New York: Viking


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
  • Completion of a visual diary and portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment is based on your ability to undertake the following:

  • Evolve and refine painting technique through a demonstrated process of experimentation
  • Develop individual style in own work
  • Produce a coherent body of professional artwork that includes the use of well-developed painting technique
  • Research painting technique in the broader context of other artwork and artists
  • Yse safe and sustainable work practices.

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1:  Simple Abstraction

Due: S2 W4

Project 2:  Red Abstraction

Due: S2 W8

Project 3: Individual Selection Part 1-3

Due: S2 W12/14/16

Visual Diary S2 W16

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.
CHD - Competent with high distinction
CDI - Competent with distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, 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.

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 nextstage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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