Life Drawing

Unit code: ACF1003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Nicholson


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 studio projects and visual exercises to create a comprehensive folio of drawings for assessment. The final presentation will consist of artworks created in class that represent the highest standards achieved by the student.

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.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 25%
Life drawings (2 drawings)
Assessment type: Creative Works
Grade: 30%
Draft Folio with commentary - 2 resolved Drawings
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
Safety in the Studio (2 observations)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 35%
2 resolved art work presentations

Required reading

There are no required texts for this unit. Relevant readings and other materials will be provided in class and on VUCollaborate

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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