Course Title: Investigate painting materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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


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


WeekCourse ContentAssessment TaskElements
1Orientation/ weekly schedule
Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone


Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria
Course requirements
Visual diary
Project proposals
Research contemporary painters
2Students move into allocated studios
Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone
Material workshop: Paper and its properties1/2
3Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone
Brief 1 Present visual concepts for Postcard Project.3
4Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone
Material workshop: Make your own medium1/2
5Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone


Proposal Presentation across all painting areas – five slides-five minutes


6Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone


Project proposals ready for presentation within critique groups.

Materials should have been sourced and works commenced.

7Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone

Material workshop: Painting on Perspex, glass or plastic.

Postcards due for completion 30 March

1/2 /3
8Brief 1: Postcard Project
Out of my comfort zone


Material workshop: Hanging artwork
Hang all postcards


9Brief 2: Thematically connected painting project 1/2/3/4
10Studio work
Brief 2: Thematically connected painting project
Material consultation
Individual consultations about select media
11Studio work
Brief 2: Thematically connected painting project
Ensure OH&S requirements are undertaken and met1/2/3/4
12Studio work
Brief 2: Thematically connected painting project
Material presentations
Present information about your own, chosen medium for 2 minutes
13Individual TutorialsCritique Group Tutorial1/2/3/4
14Individual Tutorials

Independent studio work

Critique Group Tutorial 1/2/3/4
15Finalising Brief 2 1/2/3/4
16Finalising Brief 2Prepare studio space for assessment1/2/3/4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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


1. Assessment title: Project Proposal – written submission & pecha kucha
Description: written project proposal & pecha kucha presentation
Semester: S1
Week: 5


2. Assessment title: Postcard Project Out of my comfort zone
Description: 10 resolved postcards for installation.
Semester: S1
Week: 8

3. Assessment title: Resolved body of work
Description: Resolved body of work – as outlined in project proposal installed in studio space.
Semester: S1
Week: 16

4. Assessment title: Visual Diary
Description: Your visual diary should reflect your research as you have developed a body of work. It should include your ideas, sketches, material development and artists of influence.
Semester: S1
Week: 16

5. Assessment title: Individual studio installation
Description: All work and back up work must be installed in individual studio spaces for assessment.
Semester: S1
Week: 18


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

Grade                              Outline Grading                                           Criteria (see table below)
CHD                                Competent with high distinction 80 - 100     Highly developed
CDI                                  Competent with distinction 70 - 79               Well developed
CC                                   Competent with credit 60 - 69                      Developed
CAG                                Competent achieved - graded 50 - 59          Sound
NYC                                Not Yet Competent
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.

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