Drawing and Painting

Unit code: ACF2006 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Nicholson


This unit of study aims to develop practical skills and conceptual insights in drawing and painting. Students will take part in an intensive series of studio-based classes incorporating a range of art materials; materials include charcoal, coloured chalk, ink and wash, watercolour and acrylic paint on canvas. Theoretical and conceptual discussions including consideration of broader art historical contexts inform students' understanding of contemporary art practices of drawing and painting. Practical studio projects and structured discussions with constructive critique of the artworks produced: develop and explore observation; identify and demystify the processes involved in making drawings and paintings; and encourage experimental, innovative and conceptual approaches.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret and engage creatively with practical drawing and painting projects using a range of materials and art production techniques;
  2. Analyse the qualities of works of art and articulate this effectively to others verbally and in writing; and
  3. 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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Required reading

There are no required texts for this unit. Students will be referred to a wide range of resources in VU Collaborate.

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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