This unit of study aims to develop practical skills in drawing and painting via an intensive series of studio-based classes incorporating a range of art materials. Theoretical discussions including consideration of broader art historical contexts inform students' understanding of contemporary art practices of drawing and painting. Practical studio projects and lectures develop and explore observation; identify and demystify the processes involved in making drawings and paintings; and encourage experimental, innovative and conceptual approaches. Regular group tutorials involve discussion and constructive critique of the artworks produced. Materials incorporated include charcoal, coloured chalk, ink and wash, watercolour and acrylic paint on canvas. Assessment involves presentation of a final folio of finished artworks in response to weekly studio projects, completion of a written research assignment about a current contemporary art exhibition and maintaining a visual diary.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate and interpret a major current exhibition of art;  
  2. Journal ideas consistently over time in a visual diary;  
  3. Interpret and engage creatively with practical drawing and painting projects using a range of materials and art production techniques;  
  4. Create a folio of drawing and painting that uses creative skills to express ideas and perspectives;  
  5. Analyse the qualities of works of art and articulate this effectively to others verbally and in writing; and  
  6. Practise the principles of sustainable, safe professional studio practice for effective collaborative and individual artistic production.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Research Paper Analysis of three works of art from a major exhibition 30%
Creative Works Eight completed artworks, one artwork selected from each weekly studio project 50%
Journal Weekly visual diary practical work and visual literacy exercises 20%
Total effective word limit 3000 words

Required reading

Drawing from life: the journal as art,
New, J 2005,
NY: Princeton Architectural Press.

Art history : a very short introduction
Arnold, D 2004,
Oxford, [England] : Oxford University Press

Further reading will be provided weekly including visual resources

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