Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2016

Course Code: VART6219C

Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: 99254030

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Phillip Allan

Jennifer Mills

Teacher: Caroline Eskdale

Teacher: Sharon West

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 use drawing skills and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. The focus of the course is on identifying, developing and refining drawing and visual representation as cognitive tools in a professional practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD501A Refine drawing and other visual representation tools


1. Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice

Performance Criteria:


1.1 Explore drawing and other visual communication devices as research, ideas and problem-solving tools for professional practice

1.2 Evaluate how different practitioners use different tools and make links to own work

1.3 Examine and challenge own barriers to drawing 

1.4 Determine the ways in which drawing and other visual representation tools could be used  to support own practice


2. Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Initiate, develop and evolve ideas through the use of different materials and techniques

2.2 Consider the presentation context in selecting techniques, tools and materials

2.3 Create variety in compositional formats and spatial fields through use of visual elements

2.4 Experiment with techniques to produce single and multi-colour visuals

2.5 Select and use multimedia approaches  to visualising

2.6 Compare and contrast the value of electronic and hand drawing for specific purposes


3. Develop individual approach to use of drawing

Performance Criteria:


3.1 Evaluate completed drawings in terms of their success in communicating ideas

3.2 Evaluate the process of drawing and visual representation as a professional practice tool

3.3 Determine the value and place of drawing and visual representation in own practice  based on experimentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas linked to your elective practices.

Details of Learning Activities

You will be presented with a series of weekly still life set ups where the drawings address both the objects presented, the materials used, and the techniques applied.

In this course, you learn through:
1.  In-class activities:

  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • 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.

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

WeekCourse content
Task s/ Visual Diary Task
  All assignments, projects and studio work will be required to be submitted in a folio at the end of Semester 2.  
1Introduction : Drawing Powerpoint
Volume-Paper bags           


Powerpoint-Looking at a variety of drawings from representational to abstract


Visual diary-Research tow international artist (post 1980) producing representational drawings. Place samples of their work in your diary with comments

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1
2Shapes and space - Chairs

Charcoal-Identifying shape, positive and negative space and observational intensity

Visual diary task-Draw a chair from home

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
3White sheet over chair 

 Charcoal-identifying tonal transitions across a material

Visual Diary Task-Draw an item of clothing hanging or draped over a chair

1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3 
4Composition - White tin objects           

Charcoal-Producing a selected view from a large collection of objects

Visual Diary Task-Research 2 Australian artists (post 1980) producing representational drawings. Place samples of their work in your diary with comments.

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
5Rub back 1 – Ceramic objects

Charcoal  & kneadable  and plastic erasers. Identify the technique of producing a rub back drawing

Visual Diary Task- Apply charcoal rub back technique  on a single object

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
6Rub back 2 – Dark still life objects

 Charcoal, neutral pastels and erasers-Applying the technique of producing a rub back drawing


Visual diary-Apply charcoal rub back technique on single object

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
7Structure - Tricycles

 Sketch and wash watercolour graphite pencil-Identifying a structural approach to drawing

Visual diary-Sketch a small mechanical object using transparent lines

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
8Perspective - Boxes

 Pencil, gouache wash & conte-Identifying the basic principals of perspective

Visual diary-Sketch a room where you live, from ceiling to floor, using transparent lines to highlight the perspective

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
9Opaque, translucent, and transparent - Glass bottles

 Ink and core kit brushes-Indentifying the techniques in the use of ink with opaque, transparent and translucent objects

Visual Diary-Complete a series of ink washes of small objects


 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
10 Ink marks - Potted plants and leaves

 Ink and core kit brushes and nibs -Exploration of gestural marks using ink

Visual diary-Complete a series of ink washes of organic objects also using hatched lines

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
11Colour 1 - Fruit and vegetables 

 Assorted soft pastels-Identifying the techniques in application of coloured pastels

Visual diary- Complete a series of small studies of coloured objects

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4
12 Colour 2 - Fruit and objects

Assorted soft pastels-Applying pastel techniques to objects with a wide range of tonal values

Visual diary-Test different techniques of combining pastels to produce light to shadow areas 

 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4


Selected view-Shoe shapes and photographs Assorted soft pastels and Conte pastels-Apply in range of conte techniques to a still life set up 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4























Animals Series 1- Pigs Heads

Animal Series 2-Animal Bones and Semester 2 -Powerpoint         

Animal Series 3-Plastic Animals

Discarded objects1 -TV Sets-Mixed media


Discarded objects 2- Detritus project




Working with paper 1- Collage Still Life



Working with paper 2- Phone book text

Narrative Drawing

Botanic Gardens 1-Visual Diary drawing (no photography) Due to weather conditions this activity could be moved to a later time 

Botanic gardens 2;Studio drawing

Process to Find 1: Self-directed project: Initial sketches

 Process to Find 2:Self directed project : Development drawings

Process to Find 3: Self directed project:Final drawings






Representation of pig’s heads and the interpretation of the subject matter                        

 Representation of the shapes and texture of animal bones

Explore scale, selection and narrative from groups of small plastic animals

Exploration of mixed media (wet and /or dry) to the interpretation of the kinetic and inert subject matter

Exploration of gouache and the interpretation of personally chosen subject matter

Exploration of image making based on magazine paper and gouache

Exploration of image making based on the limitations of a text and limited imagery- Telephone book 

Development of sketches based on own living environment

Identifying techniques in the gathering of sketch information with the intention of producing a studio drawing

Identifying techniques in the production of a major drawing based on the previous weeks sketch studies

 Exploration of a series of drawings based on selected objects

 Producing developmental drawings based on selected objects

Producing developmental drawings based on the previous week’s drawings

 Producing a major drawing(s) based on developments from the previous two weeks








1.1, 1.2, 1.3,1.4    




2.1, .2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5


2.1, 2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6



2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4,2.5, 2.6



2.1, 2.2,2.3,2.4,2.4,2.5,2.6






2.1, 2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6










































Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Betti, Claudia & Sale, Teel ‘Drawing: A Contemporary Approach’

Kaupelis, Robert  ‘Experimental Drawing’

Dexter, Emma  ‘Vitamin D:New Perspectives in Drawing’

Other Resources

Suggested web sites for visual diary research: (contemporary photography) (links to a wide range of Melbourne galleries) (Flinders Lane Gallery)






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 drawing studio.

Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks, a major project and a short test
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment is based on your ability to undertake the following:

  • Use the process of drawing and visual representation to support professional activities in art and design practice
  • Apply a broad range of drawing techniques.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1: No folio presentation however it is recommended to have produced a folio containing 8 resolved drawings / Sketches & backup drawings / Visual Diary tasks

Students need to preserve and protect their drawings for a November submission. All drawings should be sprayed to minimise smudging and stored flat. Drawings presented rolled up or folded at tutorial and assessment will not be accepted .

Semester 2 End of year of assessment-Present a 26 week folio containing 14 resolved drawings

-All works from the ’Process to Find’ project

-Sketch and backup drawings

-Visual diary tasks


Note-All 3 weeks of activity in the ’Process to Find’ project meeds to be presented regardless of attendance

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 continual verbal feedback, including tutorial week, by teacher on your work.  This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Attendance is essential to complete the recommended number of resolved drawings. Semester 1 is comprised of 13 still life setups . An absence from a drawing class cannot be covered by drawing similar subject matter elsewhere, or working from photographs.

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

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;

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