Course Title: Investigate drawing materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6234C

Course Title: Investigate drawing materials and processes

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher:  Anthony Riccardi

Nominal Hours: 70

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 and explore selected drawing materials and processes and integrate their use into creative practice.
This course relates to drawing as an art form where you will explore a diverse range of drawing materials, process and techniques. Drawing is a means of creative expression and this course allows you to use drawing as a means of discovery.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDRA502A Investigate drawing materials and processes


1. Research drawing materials and processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Research the detailed physical properties and capabilities of different drawing materials
1.2. Investigate the safety issues associated with different
materials and processes prior to use
1.3. Collate and store safety and technical data to meet safety requirements and inform future practice
1.4. Investigate the relationship between materials and
drawing processes
1.5. Explore the relationships between ideas and materials or process
1.6. Determine cost and supply parameters


2. Select drawing materials and processes for in-depth exploration

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Assess the creative and professional opportunities
offered by different drawing materials and processes
2.2. Determine limitations and constraints of particular
materials and processes
2.3. Select particular materials and processes that suit own


3. Integrate drawing materials and processes into own work

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Explore different ways of working with materials and
processes to achieve desired outcomes
3.2. Challenge and stretch the capabilities and uses of different
materials and processes through experimentation
3.3. Develop own ways of working with materials and
3.4. Engage in informed discussion with others about the
characteristics and opportunities of particular drawing
materials and processes
3.5. Establish and follow safe work practices


4. Manage drawing resources in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Establish a sustainable supply of drawing resources
4.2. Develop ways of working with resources that minimise
4.3. Maintain the quality and life of drawing resources through appropriate handling and storage

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to produce figure drawings that represent and communicate ideas linked to your elective practices.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio and lecture theatre. 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 studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will be expected to make use of the library resources.

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • 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
  • preparing for discussion
  • independent research.

Teaching Schedule


Course content                                                                                                                                                                                                

Tasks / Assessment due datesElements                
2IntroductionThere are usually four 20 minute life model sessions each week. The ‘course content’ lists a specific focus for each week, usually occupying one or two sessions. There are also many sessions of basic observational skill, and applying a variety of materials.

All assignments, projects and studio work will be required to be submitted in a folio at the end of semester.

Topics during this lesson include:

  • Exploring contour.
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5
3Introduction with ‘Powerpoint’ and basic issues.

 Topics during this lesson include:

  • Space
 1.1, 1.2, 1.4
4 Basic issues focusing on perception exercises and short pose times

 Topics during this lesson include:

  • Weight and rhythm
 1.1, 1.2, 1.4
5 Focus on heads and hands

 Topics during this lesson include:

  • Foreshortening
 1.1, 1.2, 1.4
6 Focus on heads and hands and long poses studies Topics during this lesson include:
  •  Foreshortening
 1.1, 1.2,1.4, 3.1
8 Long pose tonal focus using charcoal rub back technique

Topics during this lesson include:

  • Light and dark
 1.1, 1.2,1.4, 3.1
9 Pencil study

Topics during this lesson include:

  • Planes
 1.1, 1.2,1.4, 3.1
11 Gestural mark making in ink

  Topics during this lesson include:

  • Portraiture - general study
 1.1, 1.2,1.4, 3.1
12 Long pose using ink and conte  1.1, 1.2,1.4, 2.2, 3.1, 3.4
13 Coloured pastel techniques  1.1, 1.2,1.4, 3.1, 3.4
14 Conte crayons & pencils  1.1, 1.2,1.4, 2.2, 3.1, 3.4
15 Short pose focus  1.1, 1.2,1.4, 3.1, 3.2
16 Long pose focus  1.1, 1.2,1.4, 3.1, 3.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Goldfinger, Eliot  ‘Human Anatomy for Artists:The Elements of Form’1991. Oxford University Press

Simblet, Sarah & Davis, John ‘Anatomy for the Artist. 2001. DK Adult

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.

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 the life drawing studio.

You will be assessed on the following:

  • Practical tasks
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Completion of an portfolio including personal reflection and observation of the figure.

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

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1: Folio presentation of artwork to receive a ‘satisfactory’ or ‘not satisfactory’ outcome in a year long course
                      Present a folio containing 6 Short pose drawings (Less than 20 minutes poses) and 6 Developed drawings  (20 minute poses or longer) / and Visual Diary

                      Due date: Assessment date Semester 1 June 11 - 17

Semester 2 : Graded assessment applies for year long courses within the Diploma of Visual Arts

                      Present a folio containing 6 Short pose drawings (Less than 20 minutes poses) and 6 Developed drawings  (20 minute poses or longer) / and Visual Diary

                      Due date: Assessment date Semester 2 November 6 - 11

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


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.

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;

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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