Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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 Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sharon west

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 and materials Visual Diary Task Elements

Introduction with ‘Powerpoint’ and basic issues.

Protocols of life drawing

Each week will focus on a variety of tasks  via short/warm ups and long poses


Drawing the Skeleton

Structural and lineal drawing

Dry media

Charcoal/and or conte chalk /pastel

Ongoing weekly visual diary that is created during the semester .

Including studies from anatomy books, internet sources and live model drawings, including observational figure studies using dry and wet medias

Select 2 artists( pre-1980's and a post-1980's )who work from the figure and insert examples into your diary with comments

 1.1, 1.2,1.3,1.4,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5

Basic issues focusing on perception exercises and short pose times including blind contour, and silhouette.

Dry Media

Charcoal/and or conte chalk/ pastel


2.6, 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4


Focus on proportions of the body

Short and long poses


Dry media

Charcoal/and or conte chalk/pastel

1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,4.1,4.2,4.3

Focus on heads and hands and long poses studies

Dry media

Charcoal/and or conte /chalk pastel


Long pose tonal focus on foreshortening the figure.

Dry media

Charcoal rub back technique

Charcoal/and or conte chalk/pastel

Kneadable and plastic erasers

 1.1, 1.2,1.3,1.4,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,4.1,4.2,,4.3,

Long pose Tonal focus 

Dry media

Using charcoal and conte chalk/pastels highlighting-white/brown grey

 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5, 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,4.1,4.2,4.3
7 Tutorial week with ‘open’ class 4.1, 4.2,4.3,4.4,5.1,5.2,5.3

Pencil studies

Focus on detailed and rendered mark making 

Graphite and visual diary


Short pose gestural mark making.

Wet media

Using black ink and a variety of brushes and black ink


Long pose study.

Wet media

Using ink in tonal wash steps

A variety of brushes and black ink

End of course discussion and student self-evaluation

Review of techniques, materials and approaches.


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.

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