• Class Number 4409
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Dr Peter Alwast
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

Drawing on the declaration "All artists borrow, great artists steal' this studio-based course explores the diverse ways in which painters have drawn on influences from artists from one another, from other times and other cultures. This is a studio-based course supplemented by lectures and seminars exploring interesting examples of this kind of cross-fertilization across the history and contemporary practice of painting. In the studio students will explore the work of artists of interest to them as a means of enriching their own practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate and describe a resourceful exploration of a range of painting principles, processes and material techniques drawn from historical and/or contemporary precedents;
  2. apply appropriate advanced painting skills and knowledge tailored to the development of their individual interests;
  3. reflect on the role of formal and material decisions in the generation of meaning and affect in painting; and
  4. clearly articulate their processes of creative thinking, analysis and critical reflection.

Research-Led Teaching

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

Field Trips

ANCA Dickson 1 Rosevear Place

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.

Additional Course Costs

Students are required to purchase their own materials 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. 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.

Examination Material or equipment


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

General interest:

Picasso's Variations on the MastersSusan Galassi

Aesthetics and painting: Jason Gaiger

Art and Representation: John Willats

On Rodin and the classical: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/resources/educational-files/multiples-fragments-assemblages

Decorative arts, Orientalism to Matisse:

From Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic trade & Italian Art 1300-1600, Rosamund E. Mack

Matisse and the Alhambra 1901-2010: Maria Jaraunta & Villafranca del Mar

Matisse : his art and textiles : ed. Hilary Spurling 759.4MAT

Oleg Grabar: The Mediation of Ornament

Oriental Carpets, Volkmar Gantzhorn 

Ornament & abstraction: Ed. Bruderlin 759.0652ORN

Art & Textiles: Fabric as material and concept in modern art from Klimt to the present

On El Anatsui: see link: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/mar/09/stunning-el-anatsui-exhibit-museum-contemporary-ar/

Re: What is it about Piero?

Philip Guston: retrospective: Michael Auping

Telling Tales

Web links:

Painter Eleanor Ray on Morandi, Guston etc: Temporary Equilibrium:


Eleanor Ray on her own work:


David Reed "Soul-Beating" on Guston:


Jed Perl on Eleanor Ray, Diebenkorn and the problems of modern painting


Greg Lindquist Piero and Pastrami: Guston in Rome and The Eye Watching the Eye Paint

Jed Perl: The problem with critics praise of Piero della Francesca's Frick show

Indigenous art and painting today

-On Roper River artists eg. Gertie Huddleston , Ginger Riley, Willie Gudabi- excellent education kit: 


- Mangkaja Arts website  http://www.mangkaja.com/ 

-How the Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art, Edited by Ian McLean

-Rattling Spears: a History of Indigenous Australian Art, Ian McLean

-Old Masters: Australia's great bark painters, Wally Caruana

-Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land Art, Hetti Perkins

-Tjukurrtjanu, Origins of Western Desert Art, Judith Ryan & Phillip Batty 

-Art & Soul, Hetti Perkins ( see also DVD of this series)

-Papunya Tula: Genesis and genius, Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink

-Yirrkala Drawings, Art Gallery of NSW

Staff Feedback

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

Individual studio feedback

Group discussion and review 

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 Thursday February 25 Seminar 9-10am SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and online Course Introduction - the community of painting Studio 10-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15
2 Thursday March 04 Seminar 9-10am SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and online The Australian landscape reconsidered Studio 10-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15
3 Thursday March 11 Field Trip - Studio visits ANCA studios 9-1pm Proposal due 6000 level students
4 Thursday March 18 Seminar 9-10am SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and online The Nabis and their influence on contemporary painting Studio 10-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15
5 Thursday March 25 Seminar 9-10am SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and online The long shadow of Phillip Guston Studio 10-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15
6 Thursday April 01 Seminar 9-10am SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 and online The influence of conceptual art on painting Studio 10-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15 Oral presentations 3000 level students
7 Thursday April 22 Studio 9-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15
8 Thursday April 29 Studio 9-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15
9 Thursday May 06 Studio 9-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15 Work in Progress presentations
10 Thursday May 13 Studio 9-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15 Work in Progress presentations continue
11 Thursday May 20 Studio 9-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15
12 Thursday May 27 Studio 9-1pm SOA&D Painting Drawing Room 1.13, SOA&D Painting third year Studio 1.14 and 1.15

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Work Proposal 10 % 11/03/2021 19/06/2021 1, 4
Work in Progress Presentation 20 % 06/05/2021 19/06/2021 1, 2, 3, 4
Visual Diary 10 % 03/06/2021 19/06/2021 1,3, 4
Final folio of work 60 % 03/06/2021 19/06/2021 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 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 weekly lectures and to participate in the discussion and analysis of the material presented. 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 allocated a scheduled assessment time and venue during the examination period. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 11/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 19/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4

Work Proposal

By WEEK THREE you will have written a brief (500 words -2 pages max) Work proposal outlining what you will be exploring for the first half of semester- template for this on Wattle. Your influences may change as your work develops and your ideas change, so you in your Visual Diary you will update this, adding any new influences as you go. Indicate the kinds of aspects of the material you have chosen which interest you and with which you will be working.

Proposal 10%,

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 19/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Work in Progress Presentation

After mid-semester break in the second teaching block (from April 19) you will pursue two new streams of influence, one of which should be drawn from an artwork experienced directly at an exhibition currently open - NGA, Drill Hall or Canberra Museum and Gallery. One should be the work[s] of an artist, the other can be any other form of influence (e.g. music, literature, natural forms, architecture, philosophy etc etc). You will need to experience the work directly, document it and do some background research on the artists or culture from which the work comes so you can discuss the aspects of that work on which you’d like to draw. Presentation is 15min.

(Value 20%)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 19/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3, 4

Visual Diary

You will be required to compile a Visual Research Working Diary of your exploration process. This diary is specifically for this course. This will be an assessable item so make it a creative work in itself. This diary can be any size or format - hard copy or electronic. Use this to compile your Work Proposal, images of your source material and related imagery, to make observations, references, thoughts and lecture notes, technical notes, process notes & drawings. Refer also to background reading & gallery research. You should enter some new material into your diary every week. We emphasise using the diary as a place to make drawings- drawings from artworks of interest to you, and drawings to open up your thinking about possible ways of exploring your influences. Drawings can incorporate mixed media, collage etc. Add any of the notes you make for assessable presentations throughout the semester to your diary.

The visual diary will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Your ability to conduct in-depth and effective contextual research currently relevant to your project, discipline and the broader visual arts.

Your exhibiting 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

Visual Diary 10%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 19/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final folio of work

A folio of exploratory work: the first part of this folio (for Week 1 to 6) may involve copies/studies and/or colour swatches, analytical exercises mapping pictorial structures or patterns; drawing, collages or roughs exploring approaches to space or form, material experiments, technical exercises etc, using you imagination, curiosity, lateral thinking, open-ended investigative and speculative approaches. The final part of your folio (Week 7 to 12) should demonstrate more resolved works and well as a series of on-going experiments.

(Value 60%)



Level of exploration of studio processes, techniques, materials & concepts inventively applying influences, reflecting the focus of the course

Exceptional, level of exploration, showing very high level and wide-ranging skills & imaginative engagement

Comprehensive exploration of studio materials &processes,

High level engagement and imagination 

Commendable attempts at exploring materials & processes but limited in scope 

Adequate engagement with materials and processes but limited grasp of studio research methods

Has not been able to show explorative approach to materials, processes

Level of effective adaptation of course-based  research to individual interests

Exceptional: self-directed, original, skillful & inventive, application to own practice

Resourceful &

inventive approach to exploring individual interests

Effective use of project aims to fulfill individual interests

Adequate linking of research material to own practice 

Has failed to show invention in use of research or apply this effectively to own interests

Level of ability to critically reflect on the process of influence and account for creative decision-making process

Astute, creative & insightful critical reflections on the progress of the project

High level of critical and creative engagement and reflection 

Sound ability to reflect critically on creative progress 

Ability for critical reflection just adequate,

room for development of this skill

Skills of critical or creative reflection have not developed to required level

Level of effective reflection on the role of materiality in meaning and affect as evident in studio work and discussion

Astute and insightful understanding of relations of materiality to meaning & affect in work and discussion

Insightful grasp of relation of materiality to meaning & affect evident in work and participation

Growing ability to link material qualities to meaning or affect demonstrated

Some capacity for reflection but room to build on this understanding in practice 

Appears to lack insight re the affect and meaning generated by materiality 

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

Any work submitted for assessment (e.g, visual diary and folio) will be assessed on the day indicated for assessment and returned to the student that day.

Late Submission

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

Assignments will be returned to students by the end of the assessment 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

Resubmission can occur 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, materiality, painting history ,aesthetic debates, post-structuralism ,post-medium debates

Dr Peter Alwast

Thursday 09:00 13:00
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Dr Peter Alwast

Research Interests

Dr Peter Alwast

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