Course Title: Investigate drawing materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Anthony Riccardi

Nominal Hours: 70

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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

Learning activities will take place in a studio 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
analysis/critique of relevant reading material
peer teaching and class presentations

Out of class activities may include:

group discussion
online research
independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1
WeekTaskMediumVisual Diary TasksElements
1No ClassCharcoalWeekly studies from life, photos, paintings sculptures etc1/2/3/4
2Introduction/ContourCharcoal 1/3
3SpaceCharcoal 1/3
4Weight and rhythmCharcoal 1/3
5VolumeCharcoal 1/3
6ForeshorteningCharcoal 1/3
7Light & darkCharcoal 1/3
Mid Semester Break
8Light & darkCharcoalRevise weekly tasks1/3
9PlanesCharcoal 1/3
10Long PosesCharcoal 1/3
11Long PosesCharcoal 1/3
12PortraitureCharcoal 1/3
13EyesCharcoal 1/3
14Nose/MouthCharcoal 1/3
15EarsCharcoal 1/3
16HandsCharcoalRevise weekly tasks1/3
Semester 2
1Portraiture: Red/black/white conte or pastelRed/Black/White conte or pastelWeekly studies from life, photos, paintings sculptures etc1/2/3/4
2Portraiture continued  1/2/3
3Torso  1/2/3
4Torso  1/2/3
5Ink, pen, brush, pencil demonstrationInk, Pen, Brush, Pencil 1/2/3
6Pelvis/Abdomen  1/2/3
7Pelvis/Abdomen  1/2/3
8Pastel demonstrationPastelRevise weekly tasks1/2/3
9Arms/Hands  1/2/3
10Legs/feet  1/2/3
11Personal exploration of the figureMixed media 1/2/3/4
Mid-semester break
12Personal exploration of the figure  1/2/3/4
13Personal exploration of the figure  1/2/3/4
14Personal exploration of the figure  1/2/3/4
15Personal exploration of the figure  1/2/3/4
16Personal exploration of the figure Prepare folio for assessment1/2/3/4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library Subject Guides: Drawing

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.

Dexter, E. 2005, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon, NY.

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:
Assessment title: Visual Diary
Studies in notebook from life , photos, painting sculpture, both full length figures and body parts.
Week 16

Semester: 2
Assessment title: Folio:
Description: Presentation of required drawings representative of the workshop program.
Week 16

Grade                             OutlineGrading                                           Criteria (see table below)
CHD                              Competent with high distinction80 - 100     Highly developed
CDI                                 Competent with distinction70 - 79              Well developed
CC                                 Competent with credit60 - 69                     Developed
CAG                              Competent achieved - graded50 - 59         Sound
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.
These are available through the course contact in Program Administration.

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