VISA1052 Art of Expression

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 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 1 elective
This unit introduces basic skills and applications in the theory and practice of painting as a means of developing individual creative expression. The unit 'fast tracks' strategies to achieve operational competency and awareness of the power of the medium of paint/painting and rapidly moves on to develop students' organisational, conceptual and technical skills within the framework of painting practice. Artists utilise a range of technical, organisational, intellectual and physical media to generate creative works and the unit investigates some of the strategies which artists use to receive, translate, work with and develop ideas and images in contemporary cultural traditions. Students learn skills to develop manifestations of thoughts, memories and imagination in their sketchbooks and in paintings. They develop an awareness of the role of colour theory, the painted image, the media and their applications in creativity, recording and problem solving. The unit emphasises practical applications which assist in giving ideas material form.
This unit uses contemporary iconography and imagery from important contemporary artworks, artists, internet, advertising, film and television to resource the production of visual literature and facilitate awareness of the individual student's place within the scheme of visual culture. Developing the skills to mind-map place in popular culture enhances the student's perception of cross referencing visual iconography within the parameters of their major areas of study. The unit emphasises the development of creative thought as an elementary design process. By developing and using academic and observational research strategies, students learn skills to creatively interpret academic material from their major areas of study to formulate and express individual ideas. Students demonstrate through practice and theory: (1) knowledge of an introductory range of traditional painting processes; (2) a working understanding of the relationship between processes, materials and the expressive potential of painting; (3) ability to discuss developments in their work relative to contemporary visual practice and historic contexts; (4) within the studio setting, the ability to discuss their painting and media developments; and (5) a working understanding of processes associated with painting such as mixed media, collage, appropriated material and digitally processed media.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) folio submission of a series of interim studio projects and visual diary documentation; (2) visual and oral presentation; and (3) presentation of final folio submission with documentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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)
Sarah Douglas
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
studios: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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