Course Title: Investigate drawing materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Kathleen McCann

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
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

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             1 NO CLASS  
             2 Review of Semester 1/Range of short and long pose drawings using charcoal/Perception exercises 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 comments1.4,1.5,2.1,2.2,2.3 4.1,4.2,4.3
             3 Moving sequence/Reclining short poses and foreshortening using charcoal Sketch studies that investigate human movement 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
             4 Moving sequence Medium/long pose ink drawings Sketch study of foreshortened figure 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
             5 Short pose ink studies/Gestural drawing using ink
Composition with figure in the room
 Study of a figure in a room 2.1,2.2,2.3,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.3
             6 Ink/acrylic/washes drawings on flat tables Several loose was ink/goauche studies 1.4,1.5,2.2,2.3
             7 Medium pose charcoal/conte studies rub back technique
 Charcoal and conte studies following  and building on from previous loose studies 2.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
             8Reclining long pose/charcoal/conte rub back technique 
 Mixed media study 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
             9 Own choice of mediums with a range of pose times
 Self portrait sketch  using ink finishing in conte 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
           10 Head study focus Tonal and limited colour pastel   Cropped self portrait  tonal pastel sketch (mirror drawing) 2.1, 2,2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
11Short pose focus Tonal pastel study of a seated or reclining figure in a room 2.1,2,2,2.3,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5
           12Long pose focus Compostion with figure in the room   Full colour Pastel Tonal pastel study of a seated or reclining figure in a room 2.1,2.2,2.3,3.1,3.2,3.3, 3.4,3.5
           13Overview/selection and revisit of poses and mediums used  4.1,4.2,4.3


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

Suggested web sites for Visual Diary research:

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 and 2: Folio presentation of artwork to receive a graded mark.
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 Tasks

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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