• Class Number 3017
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Elisa Crossing
    • Dr Waratah Lahy
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to basic skills, techniques and processes of oil and acrylic painting. Studio projects focus on the observation and handling of tonal values, and colour systems and their application in the composition of paintings. Basic principles and concepts of representational and abstract painting are introduced and students are encouraged to learn from historical and contemporary examples. The projects involve working from the life model, landscape, still life, and imagination, with the focus on the colour and physical qualities of paint. Studio theory is delivered as a series of lectures.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Utilise skills relevant to Painting in response to Workshop projects;
  2. Explore materials used in Painting projects;
  3. Recognise relationships between concept and processes in painting;
  4. Identify historical and theoretical contexts relevant to Painting workshop projects.

Research-Led Teaching

This course draws on basic principles and practices in historical and contemporary painting to inform practice-led research with emphasis on the use of colour and materials.

Field Trips

Field trips maybe scheduled during the semester. Students will be required to make their own transport arrangements to local venues, such as, the National Gallery of Australia.

Required Resources

Required Resources and Incidental Fees – ANU School of Art

Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline and include tuition, teaching materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours.

Students are requested to refer to the School of Art website for information: http://soa.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees.


A Painting Workshop Fee of $50- is paid as a one-off access fee for any student enrolled in Painting courses. This covers your access to workshop facilities outside of your specific course hours. You will only be granted After Hours Access once you have paid this fee. ( i.e. Even if you are enrolled in more than one Painting course in any semester, you only pay this fee once per semester.)


There will be a materials fee of $100.00.

Painting Materials Fees will be charged for certain Painting courses which have specific material requirements. These fees cover the costs involved in our supplying course specific materials for use by students in demonstration sessions and during class times. These are intended to supplement your own basic materials kit. While students can elect to provide their own materials, we strongly recommend using these supplies which are purchased with bulk-order savings and ensure all students are appropriately equipped for each course every week.

Payment can be made here:


Each workshop sources appropriate specialist materials, which are made available to students to facilitate their working effectively, efficiently and safely within our programs. The School of Art is able to supply materials that don’t compromise ANU obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS), and that have been assessed as suitable for each course. 

The Material Fee is payable for the School of Art to supply materials that become your physical property. You can choose to pay the Materials Fee and have these materials supplied to you through the School of Art, allowing you to take advantage of the GST-free bulk purchasing power of the ANU. These materials are also WHS compliant.

Students have the choice of acquiring these materials from a supplier other than the School of Art, however students should note that many materials may not be WHS compliant (and therefore are not approved for use in the workshops), or are not available for individuals to purchase because they must be supplied and stored in a particular way in order to meet WHS regulations.


(opaque watercolour paints) A Basic set: Artist Gouache 22.5ml tubes: Primary red G42

or magenta G412, primary yellow G41, primary blue G43, black G1, titanium white G2


Primary Yellow (cadium yellow light hue)

Quinacridone Magenta

Cadmium Red Light (hue)

Cadmium orange (hue)

Ultramarine blue

Phthalo Blue (green shade)

Permanent green light Titanium white


-1 watercolour mop brush size 8

1 fine lining brush (round seamless) size 02

1 chinese calligraphy brush 8

4 hog hair flat brushes size 4,6,8.10

1 large round head brush size 10

Imitation golden sable Filbert brushes size 2, 6, 10, 14

-1 Palette knife - Art Basic 10/10

PALETTE –a large reusable palette

1 Plastic white palette for gouache

A visual workbook

Please bring your own projective clothing, such as painting shirts, disposal gloves, cotton rags,

References and recommended reading:

Itten, Johannes. The Art of Color: the subjective experience and objective rationale of color. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1973.

Gage, John. Color and culture practice and meaning from antiquity to abstraction. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993.

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Fifth Edition. England: Faber and Faber Ltd. 1991.

Hughes, Robert. The Shock of the New. (a 1980 documentary television series written and presented by Robert Hughes produced by the BBC in association with Time-Life Films)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Individual verbal feedback
  • Group feedback in critique sessions for the whole class
  • Written feedback at assessment

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 9am Introduction. Induction to workshop. Light and Dark: Exploring the transition from Drawing into Painting. 2 studies exploring ink and watercolours. Research in visual workbook for independent project
2 Light and Dark: The Tonal Value of Colour. Still life painting in oils. Mixing and matching colour Homework – mixing colours 1 tonal still life painting in gouache paint. Independent research and homework in visual workbook
3 9am: School of Art & Design lecture theater: Colour Lecture Colour Contrasts: Colour mixing and matching. 1 independent project focusing on quality of light/dark Colour theory homework
4 Colour Contrasts: observational colour: mixing and matching colours 2 Alla prima paintings exploring mixing and matching colour. homework & Independent research
5 Colour Contrasts: Landscape Compositions (Excursion) 2 Impressionistic oil paintings: Independent research and work in visual journal on colour contrasts
6 9am school of Art & Design lecture theatre: Lecture: Defining moments Independent project Assessment of first block class works(not independent projects) Assessment Task 01 Due 1 independent painting on colour contrasts. homework & Independent research
7 Gesture and Texture: Figure painting exploring flesh through gesture and texture 2 Alla prima paintings in oils and Independent research on gesture and texture in visual journal
8 Gesture and Texture: Expressionism colour and gesture 2 life paintings Homework & Independent research
9 9am SoA&D Lecture theatre: Essence and complexity Independent project 1 Independent Painting supported by research in visual journal
10 Translucency and layering: Drapery towards abstraction 1 painting Independent research and work in visual journal
11 Translucency and layering: Music and Colour Workshop exploring colour composition and application though chance and control 2 paintings exploring non-representational colour. Independent research in visual workbook
12 Translucency and layering: Independent project Assessment of second block classwork except for Independent projects Assessment Task 02 Due 1 independent painting exploring translucency and layering. research in visual workbook

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Body of exploratory and finished works 20 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Body of exploratory and finished works 20 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Visual research and homework in Visual Journal 20 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Independent Painting Projects 40 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are required to attend scheduled lectures and to participate in studio workshops, local excursions, class discussions and critiques. You are required to devote at least 10 hours per week to this coursework - 4 hours in class and 6 hours towards independent research and homework. 


Students will be given a scheduled time to present their works to be assessed in the examination period. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Body of exploratory and finished works

The body of works to be presented will include all works relating to the first block of the semester: Week 1 to 6 (Light and Dark, and Colour Contrasts projects), not the independent projects or

visual workbook.

  • finished paintings,
  • alla prima studies,
  • colour studies,

Students need to be able to clearly articulate how the works presented explore the concepts and technical aims of each given project.

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: Presented for class critic sessions and exam period

Assessment rubric: See rubric for Independent Painting Projects

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Body of exploratory and finished works

The body of works to be presented at exam period include all works relating to the second block of the semester: Week 07 to 12 (Gesture and Texture, and Translucency and Layering projects)

  • finished paintings
  • alla prima studies
  • colour exercises

• compositional sketches

  • extension works carried out as part of homework.

Students need to be able to clearly articulate how the works presented explore the concepts and technical aims of each given project.

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: Presented for class critic sessions and exam period

Assessment rubric: See rubric for Independent Painting Projects

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Visual research and homework in Visual Journal

This task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Homework activities
  • Your ability to undertake basic contextual research relevant to your project and discipline.
  • Evidence of a basic knowledge of the technical, historical and/ or theoretical context for your work.
  • Your engagement with relevant developments in the broader context of visual arts and design. 

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: The Visual Journal needs to be a separate book, specifically for this course and is to be presented at examine period. Contribution to the workshop and engagement in critiques is part of an ongoing class assessment.

Visual Journal

Your visual journal should demonstrate your curiosity, initiative and engagement with this course- you need a separate visual diary for each course you are enrolled in. It is a place to make weekly drawings and technical notes, lecture & seminar notes, research and your own thoughts and to paste in images related to the course, images from shows you’ve seen etc . At least half your diary should be taken up with drawings.These can be sketches, diagrams or studies from life, from art history or from your imagination and can incorporate collage elements, mixed media etc. Add some new material every week. Bringing all this together helps focus and extend your experience of the course in a personalised way, it also helps your lecturer develop insight into your sensibility and interests.



Engagement with themes and issues central to this course

Highly resourceful , thorough, curious and imaginative engagement evident

Enthusiastic engagement with themes and issues

Shows good understanding of course themes and issues

Shows basic grasp of course themes and issues

Inadequate interest or understanding shown in the challenges of the course.

Capacity for constructive critical reflection

High level of insight and critical reflection clearly identifiable

Shows significant critical reflection

Ability to critically reflect developing

Basic grasp of critical reflection – needs development

No reflection evident

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Independent Painting Projects

This task requires students expand upon concepts explored in class each week as they pursue their own painting interests. Emphasis is placed on experimentation

regarding the approach to colour and the use of conventional and non-conventional painting materials and handling. The independent works are to be developed alongside the class activities and will consist of exploratory studies and 4 finished works. Students will need to be able to articulate how they have developed their knowledge of colour, composition, paint-handling, and materials in painting through their independent work.

Value: 40%

Presentation requirements: The independent works are to be presented for group critiques and at the examine period. 



Utilisation of skills

Consistently applies all skills to an exceptionally high level

Consistently applies all skills to a high level

Applies broad range of skills at a competent level

Applies limited range of skills at an adequate level

Technical skills below standard

Explore materials

Challenging and comprehensive materials exploration

Demonstrates thorough exploration of materials

Developing attempts to explore materials

Exploration of materials only as directed

Insufficient materials exploration

Recognize relationships between concept and process

Insightful and independent thinking evident in work and articulated in discussion

Clear relationships demonstration in work and well articulated in  discussion

Competent accounting for concepts and process

Basic grasp of concepts and processes

Lack of understanding between concept and process

Identify historical and theoretical contexts

High level of critical awareness evident in work and/or through discussion

Significant Level of critical awareness evident in work and/or through discussion

A competent level of critical awareness evident in work and/or through discussion

Not clearly revealed through work or in discussion

Work shows no research in the field

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.


Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Peter Alwast

Research Interests

contemporary painting, painting history ,aesthetic debates, post-structuralism ,post-medium debates

Dr Peter Alwast

Thursday 09:00 13:00
Elisa Crossing
0404 064 757

Research Interests

Elisa Crossing

Friday 09:00 13:00
Dr Waratah Lahy

Research Interests

Dr Waratah Lahy

Friday 13:00 17:00

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