This unit is an intensive series of traditional studio-based classes in which students develop skills in drawing and painting inspired by observational practices using a range of media. Students will acquire proficiency in visual techniques and languages. Practical studio projects will develop the skills of drawing including the ability to: depict proportions, perspective and control the placement of the figure in space. Composition, mark-making, colour, texture, tone and contour will be developed in the work. Workshops will address related historical, theoretical and philosophical studies and introduce observation as a methodology with broad applications for visual art production and research. This unit will also include an optional module where students can elect to either draw from nude-male and nude-female models in the studio, or complete an alternative blended learning module utilising forms from the natural environment. Students will complete and archive weekly studio projects and visual exercises to create a comprehensive folio of drawings for assessment. The final presentation will consist of eight artworks created in class that represent the highest standards achieved by the student.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ACF1003

Prerequisites

Nil.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Create finished artworks incorporating observations of life, corresponding with accepted standards of traditional drawing practices using a variety ofmaterials and art production techniques;  
  2. Interpret and engage creatively with a range of practical studio drawing projects;  
  3. Apply the observational methodologies, principles and techniques of traditional drawing to their individual art-making;  
  4. Analyse the qualities of works of art produced and articulate this effectively to others; and  
  5. Practise the principles of sustainable, safe professional studio practice for effective collaborative and individual artistic production.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Mid-semester Folio - 16 Working Drawings 30%
Creative Works Final Folio - 8 resolved Drawings 50%
Practicum Studio Project Participation and Practices 20%

Required reading

Relevant reading will be provided each week on VUCollaborate

The Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing
Maslen & Southern 2011
UK

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