• Class Number 5624
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Dr Peter Alwast
  • 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

This course involves an exploration of the ways photography, film, and digital visual culture have influenced approaches to painting technically, formally, and conceptually since the invention of photography in the nineteenth century. This studio course is supported by lectures, seminars, and discussion focused on the wide range of ways in which the mediation of visual experience by these technologies has been explored in painting. Higher-level skills, concepts, techniques, and processes are developed in this process. Work 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:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and the skills to:
  1. competently utilise a range of higher level painting  skills in response to set projects;
  2. independently explore the potential of painting materials applied to photo and digital imagery and processes;
  3. experiment with the application of concepts and processes of painting in relation to photo and digital technologies; and
  4. critically engage with historical and theoretical contexts of painting's engagement with photo-technologies.

Research-Led Teaching

The course encourages students to research the historical, theoretical and material frameworks that inform contemporary photo-digital painting beyond provided course information.

Additional Course Costs

Students are responsible for the purchase of their own materials in order to complete the course.

A Painting Workshop Fee of $40- 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 as well as incidentals used during the course. Even if you are enrolled in more than one Painting course in any semester, you only pay this fee once per semester.

Payment can be made here:


Please bring your own protective clothing, such as painting shirts, disposal gloves, cotton rags. You will also need smaller plastic containers with lids such as empty yogurt etc... containers to store unused paint.

Required Resources

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.


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.

Please refer to the course Wattle Site




https://www.gerhard-richter.com/en/ Interview with Gerhard

Gerhard Richter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExfNJDh4K1g


Achim Hochdörfer, David Joselit with Manuela Ammer, 2016 Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age. Edition. Prestel

Batchen, Geoffrey 1999, Burning with Desire, The Conception of Photography, The MIT Press, Massachusetts

Hoptman Laura, 2015, The Forever Now Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Fergusson, Russell 2005, The Undiscovered Country cat, exhibition presented at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 3 October 2004-16 January 2005.

Schwabsky, B (ed.) Vitamin P2: 2011, New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon Press Limited, London.

Smith, B, Smith, T, Heathcote C, 1991, Australian Painting 1788-1990, Oxford University Press.

Rugoff, Ralph, Silverman, Kaja, Schwabsky, Barry, Christov-Bakarglev, Carolyn, Herber, Martin 2008, The Painting Of Modern Life, Hayward Publishing, London.

Staff Feedback

Students will receive individual formative verbal feedback during the studio workshops. Students will also receive verbal feedback from staff and students during group discussions

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 Tuesday July 27 Seminar 2-3pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
2 Tuesday August 03 Seminar 2-3pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
3 Tuesday August 10 Seminar 2-3pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
4 Tuesday August 17 Seminar 2-3pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
5 Tuesday August 24 Seminar 2-3pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
6 Tuesday August 31 Group Critiques 2-6pm SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
7 Tuesday September 21 Group Critiques 2-6pm SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
8 Tuesday September 28 Studio 2-6pm SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
9 Tuesday October 05 Studio 2-6pm SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
10 Tuesday October 12 Studio 2-6pm SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
11 Tuesday October 19 Studio 2-6pm SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21
12 Tuesday October 26 Studio 2-6pm SOA&D Painting Second Year Studio 1.21

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Folio 80 % 05/11/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3,4
Visual Diary, Research and participation in group discussion 20 % 05/11/2021 02/12/2021 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. 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.


Final semester folio and visual diary are assessed during exam week:

Assessment Task 1

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 05/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Folio of set studio projects (refer to studio manual on Wattle)

Value: 80%

Specific skills and knowledge are as specified in Workshop notes



Utilise a range of skills that investigate the relationship between painting and photo-digital practices

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 adequate standard

Explore the potential of paint materials and digital processes

Extended exploration of material potentials

Demonstrates thorough exploration of materials

An attempt is made to explore materials

Evident in work but not articulated and developed

Not evident in work

Recognition of relationship between concept and process apparent in work

Insightful and independent thinking evident in work and articulated in discussion

Clear relationships demonstrated in work and articulated in discussion

Work reveals and can explain to a degree

Evident in work but not articulated

Not evident in work

Engage with historical and theoretical contexts

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

Significant level of critical engagement 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

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 05/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Visual Diary, Research and participation in group discussion

Visual Diary and Research/Attendance

Value: 20%

Keep an ongoing visual diary which reflects your participation and personal research related to course content and extended painting workshop events such as artist talks, art forum events and other exhibitions research you undertake.

This journal should address the follow criteria:

  • Your ability to conduct in-depth and effective contextual research currently relevant to your project, discipline and the broader visual arts.
  • You have exhibited a comprehensive knowledge of the technical, historical and/or theoretical context for your work.
  • Your ability to reflect upon, evaluate and analyse your engagement with broader developments in visual arts and design.



Analysis of the application of theoretical knowledge and/or practical skills

Critically analyse and evaluate application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills

Analyses and evaluates application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills

Analyses application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills

Attempts to analyse application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills

Journal entries do not analyse how theoretical knowledge or practical skills applied to work

Reflect on independent research

High level of critical reflection clearly identifiable

Significant critical reflection

Attempts to critically reflect

Reflection evident but with minimal critique

No reflection evident

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) 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

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.

Returning Assignments

Folio will be available to be picked up after the exam period.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

An assignment may be resubmitted on medical grounds.

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, relationship of abstraction and figuration

Dr Peter Alwast

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Dr Peter Alwast

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