VISA2215 Painting Now

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit considers the rich history and evolution of painting, from cave walls to graffiti art, right through to hybrid forms of painting found today. With a focus on transdisciplinary practices, the unit introduces students to techniques and processes used in contemporary painting. Through studio based experimentation students are guided in a range of traditional and contemporary applications toward the production of conceptually and materially developed artworks. While the emphasis is on painting, the influence of new media and technologies on wet mediums and the scope for spatial and sensorial experimentation will also be encouraged. The study program is a nexus of contemporary theory and applied practice that aims to build on foundational painting skills while offering a pathway toward specialised practice.
Students are able to (1) develop a sophisticated visual language and skill set that engages with contemporary ideas and processes in the facility of painting; (2) exhibit evidence of ability to respond critically to the development and conceptualisation of ideas through class critiques, documentation and independent image making; (3) understand traditional painting techniques and how to expand on these in ways that consider new media, technologies and manufacturing processes; (4) develop a broad knowledge of paint mediums and exhibit a level of proficiency in the manipulation of wet mediums through practical experimentation; (5) develop an appreciation for global, transdisciplinary practices in painting, as well as analyse and understand painting cross-culturally and in different contexts; and (6) develop research skills and communicate in well developed written arguments.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an illustrated and annotated folio that comprehensively reflects on material trials and workshop learning and (2) a practical studio project that demonstrates proficiency in the paint medium within a sophisticated conceptual framework. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a practical studio project that demonstrates proficiency in the paint medium within a sophisticated conceptual framework component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jon Tarry
Unit rules
VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording, VISA1051 Art in the Environment, VISA1052 Art of Expression, VISA1054 Art of Drawing
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
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