Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce paintings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6250C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce paintings

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher:  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

In this course you will explore the diverse application of painting to communicate ideas. This will include developing painting skills and confidence with various painting techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPAI401A Experiment with techniques to produce paintings


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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to painting 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 painting techniques through experimentation
1.4 Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for paintings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Articulate creative and other goals for painting 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 painting 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 painting resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply for painting 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 paintings
3.5 Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


4. Create finished paintings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create paintings, 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 paintings
4.4 Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it


5. Evaluate own painting 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 developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • workshops
  • tutorials

Out of class activities may include:

  • group discussion
  • online research
  • independent project based work
  • excursions

Teaching Schedule

WeekCourse ContentElements
1Introduction to unit:
Ice breaker
Powerpoint of previous work made in the program
Kit familiarisation
Visual Diary.
2Brief 1 – Monochromatic painting
Colour theory
1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 2.1., 2.2. 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5

Brief 1- Monochromatic paintingOH&S

2.1., 2.2. 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
4Brief 1- Monochromatic painting2.1., 2.2. 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
5Brief 1- Monochromatic painting2.1., 2.2. 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
6Brief 1- Monochromatic painting2.1., 2.2. 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
7Stretcher making: Canvas Stretching/Gesso
Intro Brief 2: the maquette
1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
8Brief 2 – Maquette
Building Session
3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
9Brief 2 – Maquette3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
10Brief 2 – Maquette3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
11Brief 2 – Maquette3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
12Intro Brief 3- Self Portrait1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
13Brief 3- Self Portrait3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
14Brief 3- Self Portrait3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
15Brief 3- Self Portrait3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
16Folio preparation1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 2.1., 2.2. 3.1. , 3.2., 3.3. , 3.4. , 3.5
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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Hasting, J., Vitamin P₂ : new perspectives in painting, London : Phaidon, 2011.

Mayer, R. & Smith,E., The artist’s handbook of materials and techniques 3rd ed., rev. and expanded, London : Faber 1973.


Library Subject Guides: Visual Art

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit public art projects/sites outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks, a series of major projects
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of visual diary and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment Tasks
Semester 1:
1. Assessment title: Brief 1
: Monochromatic
Due date: S1 W4 - Formative/Summative
2. Assessment title: Brief 2: Maquette
Due date: S1 W 11 - Formative/Summative
3. Assessment title: Brief 3: Self Portrait
Due date: S1 W16 - Formative/Summative
4. VIsual Diary
Due date: S1 W16 -Formative/Summative

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.

  • CHD - Competent with high distinction
  • CDI - Competent with distinction
  • CC - Competent with Credit
  • CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
  • 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 from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

 The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
Feedback 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.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Cover Sheet for Submissions 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism  RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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