Course Title: Investigate drawing materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Phillip Allan


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 practice


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 processes
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 waste
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
  • studio work.

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • independent research.

Teaching Schedule


Course content                                                                                                                                                                                                




Review of semester 1 projects

Classes are usually divided between 4 x 20 minute sessions of short to long pose duration. The listed activities present a focus for each week mixed with ‘own choice’ sessions. Charcoal should always be brought to classes.

Range of short and long pose drawings

Visual Diary Task
Research a contemporary artist from any elective discipline who’s work contains images of the body. Place samples of their work in your diary with comments



Aug 1

Moving Sequence
Reclining short poses and foreshortening

Continuing rhythmic pattern in a series of sequential drawings
-Introduce issues related to reclining poses

Visual diary task

Sketch study of foreshortened figure



Aug 8

 Anthony’s class  


Aug 15

medium / long pose ink drawings

Building a drawing using tonal steps of ink

Visual diary task

Figure studies using pen and wash 

Charcoal / ink


Aug 22

Reclining short poses and foreshortening
Long pose ink drawing
 Introduce issues related to reclining poses

Visual diary task
Foreshorten / reclining studies



Aug 29

Long pose ink drawing
Long pose reclining pose 
 Focus on 2 x 30 minute drawings and mediums

Visual diary task
Hatch line figure studies

Charcoal /

7 Sept 12

 Short, medium and long pose pencil drawings

 Using pencil lines and limited tone to represent the form

Visual diary task
Figure studies using pencil

 3,4,5, or 6B pencils
8 Sept 19 Medium pose ink and conte drawings

Using washes to build up and represent the form

Visual diary task
Charcoal and conte study

Charcoal, ink & conte
9 Sept 26 Range of short and long pose studies

Own choice of mediums

Visual diary task

Clothed figure studies

Charcoal / own choice of mediums


Oct 3

 Long pose ink and conte drawings

Building a drawing across two dry mediums

Visual diary task

Ink wash with conte overlay study

Charcoal / Conte


Oct 10

 Mixed media portrait studies

Limited colour pastel study

Open class using

Visual diary task

Self portrait sketch using mixed media

Mixed media

Coloured pastels


Oct 17

 Mixed media on two 30 minute drawings

Using a range of mediums drawing the body life size

Visual diary task

Portrait sketch using mixed media

Mixed media


Oct 24

Short pose focus Figure study (or multiple figures) in a space on an A4 page (or across a double page). Own choice of mixed mediumMixed media


Oct 31

Long pose focuFigure study (or multiple figures) in a space on an A4 page (or across a double page). Own choice of mixed mediumMixed media

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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