• Class Number 7436
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
    • Sean Dockray
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

In this course students are introduced to the importance of considering the temporality of artworks in contemporary art practice. The duration of artworks has become more and more important because working with time is a way to critically examine and impact how value is established, not only for artworks, but commodities and cultural objects more broadly. The course introduces students to construction methods in wood and challenges them to engage with temporal practices in making their own artworks at the same time. Through various group critique and discussion formats, students develop critical skills to evaluate and understand contemporary artworks in relation to their historical context. Students are introduced to essential skills, techniques and processes of three-dimensional construction and installation and are given group instruction into the use of hand and power tools to construct objects from wood. Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) instruction is an integral part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use, create and discuss methods and strategies in Modern and Contemporary art practice;
  2. make artworks that critically engage with historical and contemporary art practices;
  3. conduct research into the practices and discourses around Modern and Contemporary Art and apply findings to creative production; and
  4. substantiate artistic outcomes with research and rationale.

Research-Led Teaching

Eriksmoen's Practice-led research involves the recovery and re-use of wasted and salvaged urban timber, and the design of artificial hollows for habitat restoration. ashleyeriksmoen.com

Field Trips

There will be an on-campus walk for the Week 1 tutorial, finishing in the Frank Fenner Forestry Building's Wood Library.

Additional Course Costs


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. In this course, your Materials Package consists of a wooden block for carving, assorted dimensional timber for joinery structures, assorted sandpaper packs, finishing oils, glue, rags, and disposable masks, gloves, ear and eye protection. All of the timber is acquired in large planks and pre-milled down to the required sizes for assessment task projects. All of the other materials and PPE are acquired in bulk and are supplied at cost. Materials for the final assessment task are not provided in the materials pack and students will source their own materials as needed for their final project.

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. 


Examination Material or equipment

Students are required to present completed work with documentation giving evidence of research, processes, critical analysis, reflection and synthesis of knowledge. The evidence provided may include test pieces, visual diaries, drawings and other support material. 

Students will submit documentation of their work via Wattle.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 Lecture/Seminar: Intro: Encounters with Site Tutorial: Significant Trees Walk and Wood Library
2 Lecture/Seminar: Recording & Collecting Site Data Tutorial: Mapping Exercise
3 Lecture/Seminar: The Tool—Extending the Body Tutorial: Whittling
4 Lecture/Seminar: Invisible Histories Part 1 Tutorial: Woodworking: Shaping and Carving Assessment Task #1: A Map due (25%)
5 Lecture/Seminar: Mapping Methodologies: Measure and Trace Tutorial: Woodworking: Shaping and Carving
6 Lecture/Seminar: Response and Re-presentation of Site Tutorial: Woodworking: Shaping and Carving
7 Lecture/Seminar: Structures Tutorial: Woodworking: Joinery Assessment Task #2: A Tool due (25%)
8 Lecture/Seminar: Mid-Semester Progress Reviews (Individual Appointment times) Tutorial: Woodworking: Joinery
9 Lecture/Seminar: Land Art and Deep Time Tutorial: Woodworking: Joinery
10 Lecture/Seminar: Independent Project Development Discussion and Guidance Tutorial: Individual Project Support Assessment Task #3: A Structure due (25%)
11 Lecture/Seminar: Invisible Histories Part 2 Tutorial: Individual Project Support
12 Lecture/Seminar: Project Progress Check-ins Tutorial: Individual Project Support
13 Examination Period Assessment Task #4: An Independent Site Response/Intervention due (25%)

Tutorial Registration

Students will self-enrol in a workshop/studio-based tutorial group through the self-enrolment tool in Wattle. The choices of tutorial groups are as follows: Fridays 11am-1pm or Fridays 2pm-4pm. Participation in tutorials is mandatory for learning the tools and techniques with proper WHS instruction and supervision.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
A Map 25 % 20/08/2021 03/09/2021 1,2,3,4
A Tool 25 % 24/09/2021 08/10/2021 1,2,3,4
A Structure 25 % 15/10/2021 29/10/2021 1,2,3,4
An Independent Site Response/Intervention 25 % 05/11/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3,4

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


  • Respectful, generous and intellectually rigorous participation in group critique and other group learning formats is required.
  • Attendance to all classes is expected unless you have a medical certificate or other valid reason. This is a practice-based studio course, which means your ability to achieve the learning outcomes will be affected by absences. More than one absence will significantly affect your engagement with the course. Students are expected to attend class from start to finish, which includes being on time and prepared to participate fully with the planned activities.
  • Participation in WHS safe work practices during workshop based tutorials, including end of tutorial clean-up, is expected.


Instructions will be posted on Wattle. Save all of your work generated during the semester for this course until the end of semester. Double submission is not allowed, meaning that no work that has been submitted for assessment for any other course can be re-submitted to this course for assessment, and vice versa.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 20/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 03/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

A Map

Drawing on techniques and methodologies presented in class and through Wattle resources, students will work individually to create a site specific 'map'. 25%, due Week 4, 20 August. The completed project will be submitted together with documentation giving evidence of the student's research, process, critical analysis, reflection, and synthesis of knowledge as related to the Learning Outcomes for the course. Detailed instructions and submission requirements will be posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 24/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 08/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

A Tool

Applying methods and processes demonstrated in tutorials, in class, and through Wattle resources, students will work individually following proper WHS guidelines to create a 'tool' of their own design for a specific purpose related to their site. 25%, due Week 7, 24 September. The completed project will be submitted together with documentation giving evidence of the student's research, process, critical analysis, reflection, and synthesis of knowledge as related to the Learning Outcomes for the course. Detailed instructions and submission requirements will be posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 15/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

A Structure

Applying methods and processes demonstrated in tutorials, in class, and through Wattle resources, students will work individually and in small groups following proper WHS guidelines to develop a 'structure' that responds to or intervenes with an on-campus site at SOA&D. 25%, due Week 10, 15 October.The completed project will be submitted together with documentation giving evidence of the student's research, process, critical analysis, reflection, and synthesis of knowledge as related to the Learning Outcomes for the course. Detailed instructions and submission requirements will be posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 05/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

An Independent Site Response/Intervention

For this project, students may opt to work independently or in pairs. Drawing from the methodologies, concepts and processes that have been introduced in class lectures and seminars, demonstrated in tutorials, posted on Wattle or gained through independent research, students will develop a methodology and create an independent site response/intervention. 25%, due in the ANU Exam Period, 5 November. Each individual student will submit their completed project together with documentation giving evidence of each student's research, process, critical analysis, reflection, and synthesis of knowledge as related to the Learning Outcomes for the course. Detailed instructions and submission requirements will be posted on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded. Students may request an extension through the course Wattle page which follows this link: https://cass-seo.anu.edu.au/
  • Late submission permitted. 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. Extensions may be granted 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).

Ashley Eriksmoen

Research Interests

Critical Design; Contemporary Craft; Sustainable Practices; Urban Timber Recovery; Habitat Restoration Design; Sculpture; Woodworking; Studio Furniture.

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