Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6244C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anthony Riccardi

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

This course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to proactively experiment and innovate with various drawing techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice. This course relates to drawing as an art form and therefore differs from courses that focus on drawing as a visual representation tool.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDRA401A Experiment with techniques to produce drawings


1. Develop proficiency with a range of drawing techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to drawing based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2 Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects
1.3 Extend the capabilities of drawing techniques through experimentation
1.4 Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for drawing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Articulate creative and other goals for drawing work
2.2 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements
2.3 Apply knowledge of different drawing techniques to inform ideas
2.4 Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other
2.5 Consider the professional potential and other criteria for work when developing ideas
2.6 Refine and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


3. Organise drawing resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply for drawing resources
3.3 Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development of work
3.4 Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished drawings
3.5 Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


4. Create finished drawings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create drawings, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work
4.3 Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of drawings
4.4 Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it


5. Evaluate own drawing work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution
5.2 Identify areas for future improvement, especially in terms of own skill development
5.3 Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to:

  • develop ideas and techniques through a process of research and experimentation
  • produce multiple finished drawings or a single major work that demonstrate a command of techniques
  • apply knowledge of drawing techniques, equipment and materials and the ways they may be adapted and combined.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
teacher directed studio activities/projects
studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
peer teaching
group discussion
studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
practical exercises
reading articles and excerpts
project work
independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

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

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content Task Elements
1 Introduction with ‘Powerpoint’ and basic issues. Each week one or more of the 4x 20 minute sessions will focus on a variety of tasks A folio of work & visual diary that is created during the semester will be presented during week
2 Basic issues focusing on perception exercises and short pose times  1-3
3 Focus on heads and hands  1-3
4 Focus on heads and hands and long poses studies  1-3
5 Long pose tonal focus using charcoal rub back technique  1-3
6 Long pose tonal focus using charcoal and pastels  1-6
7 Tutorial week with ‘open’ class  4-6
8 Pencil studies  4-6
9 Short pose gestural mark making using ink  4-6
10 Long pose study using ink in tonal steps  4-6

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.

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. Task 1: Drawing folio Due: W20

2. Task 2: Visual Diary Due: W20

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant Unit of competency. These are available through the course contract 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.

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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In assessing whether a particular adjustment is reasonable consideration should be given to:
•the student’s disability and his/her views
•the effect of the adjustment on the student, including effect on his/her ability to achieve learning outcomes, participate in courses or programs and achieve independence
•the effect of the proposed adjustment on anyone else affected, including the education provider, staff and other students
•the costs and benefits of making the adjustment.

As a result, what constitutes "reasonable" varies on a case-by-case basis and the balance is sometimes difficult to strike. However, it is clear that education providers are not required to lower academic standards or disregard the needs staff or other students. In more complex cases discussion with the disability service will be useful. It may be useful to examine previous judgements in relation to the DDA.

An RTO needs to fit LLN into the delivery of its training and assessment as it has an important role in:
•redressing any deficiencies in its students’ key LLN skills
•building the generic skills of teamwork, communication and problem solving that are highly valued by employers.
In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills. There are eight employability skills.

Employability Skills which feature in the Diploma of Visual Art include:
•Problem solving
•Initiative and enterprise
•Planning and organising
•Self management

Employability skills are embedded in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. Further information about the employability skills you will develop in this program is available at: chapter/EmpSkillsMandText

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