Course Title: Investigate painting materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6232C

Course Title: Investigate painting materials and processes

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja and Fay Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Fiona Hillary

Nominal Hours: 50

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

Visual artists whose practice includes painting apply the skills and knowledge in this course. Material and process exploration at this level is a largely independent activity with mentoring and guidance as required. It would normally include investigation of a range of materials and processes to develop an individual professional.

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to research and explore selected painting materials and processes and integrate their use into creative practice. There is a high level of independent work undertaken for this course.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPAI502A Investigate painting materials and processes


1. Research painting materials and processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the detailed physical properties and capabilities of different painting 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 painting processes
1.5 Determine cost and supply parameters of materials


2. Select painting materials and processes for exploration

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the creative and professional opportunities offered by different painting materials and processes for own art practice
2.2 Determine limitations and constraints of particular materials and processes
2.3 Select particular materials and processes that suit own practice


3. Integrate painting 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 painting materials and processes
3.5 Establish and follow safe work practices


4. Manage painting resources in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to make judgements about relationships between painting materials, techniques and processes
  • Create a body of work that has refined painting skill and technical ability

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Self-management and planning skills
  • Skills to create work to a paraprofessional standard

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. 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.
In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Group discussion
  • Studio work
  • Independent research

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • Reading articles and excerpts
  • Preparing for discussion
  • Project work
  • Independent research

Teaching Schedule

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.

<thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Course content</th> <th scope="col">Task / Assessment due dates</th> <th scope="col">Elements</th> </thead>
1Introduction to course

Your visual diary should be a living breathing document of influences and ideas, experimentation notes&hellip;overflowing and updated every day/week.

Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria
Course requirements
Visual diary
Project proposals
Research contemporary painters
1 and 2 
2OHS requirements relating to area of specialisation  OH&S worksheet and checklist for studio
Discuss and sign studio contract 
3Research area of specialisation in studio area Starting the creative process&hellip;in thematically connect paintings students asked to respond to the theme of BBC a day in pictures&hellip;using a large surface&hellip;could be paper/oil sketch&hellip;select a medium you haven’t used before to explore and get the creative process moving. Present progress of those works. It may be thoughts/ideas or actual work you have begun 1 and 2 
4Moral and intellectual property rights. Industry and community networks as sources of information 1
5Critique group workshops on proposals with a focus on materials/techniques.

Independent studio work

Begin composing budget in assessment tool

Consider an artist of influence and explore the materials/techniques they used. Identify how you think materials tie in with concept&hellip;present to critique group.  

1 and 2 
6Critique Group materials workshop 1

Independent studio work 

Project proposals ready for presentation within critique groups.

Materials should have been sourced and works commenced. 

1 and 2 
7Independent studio work Submit proposals for assessment. 1, 2 and 3 
8Critique Groups Proposal feedback
Independent studio work

Present outcomes and class discussion

OH&S Studio review – Assessment Tool

Copyright, moral and intellectual property issues associated with area of specialisation 

1 and 2 
9Field Trip – gallery visit Industry and community networks as sources of information
Gallery review - visit an exhibition including paintings and write a review of the exhibition in your visual diary, include images. 
1 and 4 
10 - 13Research for independent project which relates to studio specialisation Ensue OH&S requirements are undertaken and met 2 and 3 
14Critique Group Tutorial

Independent studio work 

Each student to present works in progress to date for peer feedback&hellip;fill in Peer Assessment forms in the Assessment Tool. 2 and 4 
15Field Trip/Presentation/Research Industry and community networks as sources of information 1 and 4 
16Folio presentation of body of work W16 Folio submission 2 and 3 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.


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.
Recommended reading:
Mayer, Ralph. The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Viking Adult; 5th revised and updated edition, 1991
Vitamin P: new perspectives in painting / [contributors] Tomma Abts ... et. al. ; introduction by Barry Schwabsky, London : Phaidon, 2002.

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 a studio.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment task
Group presentation
Formative assessment
Critical language, observational skills
Due date
Week 4/11/16

Assessment task
Project Proposal document/ artist statement
Formative assessment
Theoretical background/concept development/practical outline
Due date
Week 6

Assessment task
1 major body of thematically connected works 6-8 resolved paintings, with back up works
Visual Diary
Summative assessment
Works from painting workshops.
Studio still life paintings
4-6 resolved paintings (p/t)
6-8 resolved paintings (f/t)
Artists of influence/visual diary tasks
Due date
Week 16

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Grade CHD
Competent with high distinction
80 - 100
Highly developed

Grade CDI
Competent with distinction
70 - 79
Well developed

Grade CC
Competent with credit
60 - 69

Grade CAG
Competent achieved - graded
50 - 59

Grade NYC
Not Yet Competent

Grade 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 through the course contact in Program Administration.

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.
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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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