- Class Number 4502
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Christina Clarke
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
- Catherine Purnell
This course explores the techniques associated with creating works of art through history and the impact of display and changing context on the interpretation of works of art. Students will be introduced to various techniques and methods used to create works of art, incorporating where possible first hand observation of the processes. Using case studies students will investigate how changing display contexts influence public and critical appreciation of works of art.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and describe frequently used techniques associated with the making of a work of art;
- discuss orally and in written form the impact of display context on the understanding and interpretation of a work of art;
- discuss orally and in written form issues associated with using various materials in creating artworks; and
- analyse relationships between materials and techniques used to create works of art and the display of these objects.
Students will be required to visit cultural institutions outside of class time in order to participate in the course and complete assessment items.
Students will need internet-ready devices to participate in some class activities as well as to access course resources outside of class.
Some recommended reading is available on Wattle, but students are expected to find more research materials in the ANU libraries via the library catalogue .
Relevant journals available at ANU include:
Curator: The Museum Journal
The International Museum of the Inclusive Museum
Museum History Journal
Museum Management and Curatorship
Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art
There are also a number of journals and serials on specific media which are available in the Art and Music Library.
The library has also compiled a useful list of subject guides for Art & Design , Art History and Heritage & Museum Studies .
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
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
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction / Contexts of Display|
|6||Stone||Seminar Presentations Next week (mid-semester break): Art and Context Essay due 22 April|
|10||Photography and the Moving Image||Seminar Presentations|
|12||Digital Media||Next week (exam period): Research Essay due 31 May|
Register on Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|In-Class Mini-Seminar||20 %||04/04/2022||25/04/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Slides related to in-class seminar||10 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|Art and Context Essay||20 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|Research essay||40 %||31/05/2022||17/06/2022||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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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 Skills 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.
Participation requirements are described under Assessment Task 1.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Details: A student's participation in this course will be assessed according to their engagement with course content, contribution to class discussions and preparation for tutorials.
Rubric of Participation Expectations:
Students will have the opportunity to participate in discussion during lectures live in class or asynchronously online.
Each tutorial centres around seminar presentations and discussion based on a designated cultural institution display or exhibit that each student must visit outside of class time in preparation for tutorial discussion. Students are required to prepare for and participate in tutorials by:
1) Attending or watching the week's lecture before the tutorial,
2) Visiting the each designated cultural institution before attending the tutorial,
3) Completing any other tutorial preparation activity described on Wattle before attending the tutorial,
4) Actively participating in tutorial discussions.
Remote students will be assigned different cultural institution visits in consultation with the course convenor.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Details: Students must sign up to present a mini-seminar during week 1. These will be during tutorials from weeks 2 to 11. Students located in Canberra must choose from the list of seminar topics on Wattle. Remote students must select a topic in consultation with their tutor.
The aim of the seminar is to discuss a specific work and its display. Your discussion must include an informed, researched description of the materials and fabrication of your chosen work, information about the maker(s) and relevant historical context of the object, and a critical analysis of the object's display.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Presentation Requirements: Students may present live in class with a PowerPoint or equivalent to display images or they may pre-record a video presentation to screen in class if preferred, but must still be able to answer live questions and facilitate class discussion.
The presentation should demonstrate your research approach and have a clear argument, and engaging the class in discussion is a critical requirement.
Due date: During your allocated tutorial time. Presentations cannot be rescheduled for a different week.
Estimated return date: one week after seminar
Organisation of material
No structure and sequence of information.
Cannot understand presentation.
Difficult to follow presentation
Easy to follow
Information presented in sequence
Contains introduction, main section and conclusion
Information presented in logical, interesting sequence
Good introduction, main section and conclusion
Information is highly structured, facilitating class understanding
Interesting introduction, well developed body and clear conclusion
Knowledge of subject matter
Limited understanding of the topic
Weak references or no references
Basic understanding of the topic
Some incorrect information given
General understanding of material presented
General clarity of purpose, overview and conclusion
Strong understanding of material presented
Thorough well-stated purpose, overview and conclusion
Able to address most questions
Deep understanding of information, incorporating critical analysis of material
Clearly stated strong and credible purpose, overview and conclusion
Ably answers questions
Strong, relevant references
Skills – group
No visual aids
Reads directly from notes
No eye contact
Limited use of visuals
Strong reliance on notes
Attempts to engage with audience
Can hear presentation
Visual aids follow direction of oral presentation
Some reading from notes
Good posture, eye contact and engagement with group
Good use of pausing
Visuals support and link directly to oral presentation
Minimal use of notes
Very good posture, eye contact and engagement with group
Effective, interesting delivery
Well-paced with good diction, tone, and pausing
Visuals enhance understanding and engagement with presentation
Minimal or no use of notes
Excellent posture, eye contact with group
Entertaining and engaging
Informative, well paced delivery
Reacts to audience feedback with ease and confidence
More than 4 mins outside designated time
Within 3 mins of designated time
Within 2 mins of designated time
Within 2 mins of designated time
Within 1 min of designated time
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Slides related to in-class seminar
Details: Submit slides developed from your seminar. The PowerPoint should stand as a reference source in itself, with well-written key points developed from your presentation and the subsequent class discussion, good illustrations (with appropriate captioning including object size, media, location etc.), and it should be thoughtfully designed to convey the information clearly and in an engaging manner. You are encouraged to be innovative in your approach and can include graphics and animations. A slide with your references should be included at the end.
Length: Minimum of 10 slides
Presentation Requirements: A PowerPoint or PDF uploaded to Turnitin.
Due date: One week after your seminar presentation
Estimated return date: Two weeks after submission
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Art and Context Essay
Details: Students located in Canberra must select a work of art from the list provided on Wattle. Remote students must choose a work on display at a local major gallery or museum, in consultation with their tutor.
Discuss the original context and current display of the chosen work and consider how the interpretation of the work is affected by time and place. How do the materials and fabrication of the work affect its display and interpretation?
Word limit: 1500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography)
Rubric: The course rubric is provided here. A rubric specific to this assessment item is available on Wattle.
Presentation Requirements: Word document with 12 point text, double spaced, uploaded to Turnitin. Chicago Manual of Style footnote bibliography style required. It is expected that you will use 6-8 academic references. Only list cited references in the bibliography.
Due: 4 April
Estimated return date: 25 April
LO 1: Identify and describe frequently used techniques associated with the making of a work of art
Student cannot identify and describe techniques from the 11 course topics with accuracy of 50% or greater.
Student can identify and describe techniques from the 11 course topics with 50% accuracy
Student can identify and describe techniques from the 11 course topics with 60% accuracy
Student can identify and describe techniques from the 11 course topics with 70% accuracy
Student can identify and describe techniques from the 11 course topics with 80% accuracy
LO 2: Discuss orally and in written form the impact of display context on the understanding and interpretation of a work of art
Student cannot explain how display impacts the understanding and interpretation of works of art, cannot analyse works and their context and does not engage with scholarly sources.
Student can provide basic explanation of how display impacts on the understanding and interpretation of works of art. Analysis of works and their context is rudimentary and there is minimal engagement with scholarly sources.
Student can provide satisfactory explanation of how display impacts the understanding and interpretation of works of art. Analysis of works and their context is integrated and informed, and there are attempts to engage with scholarly sources.
Student can provide informed explanation of how display impacts the understanding and interpretation of works of art. There are attempts at original analysis of works and their context and demonstration of engagement with scholarly sources.
Student can provide perceptive and scholarly explanation of how display impacts the understanding and interpretation of works of art. Analysis of works and their context is perceptive and original and there is critical engagement with scholarly sources.
LO 3: Discuss orally and in written form issues associated with using various materials in creating artworks
Student cannot explain issues associated with using various materials in creating works of art.
Student can explain issues associated with using various materials in creating works of art at a basic level.
Student can explain issues associated with using various materials in creating works of art at a satisfactory level.
Student can explain issues associated with using various materials in creating works of art at a proficient level.
Student can comprehensively explain issues associated with using various materials in creating works of art.
LO 4: Describe relationships between materials and techniques used to create works of art and the display of these objects
Student cannot explain how materials and production of works of art relate to the display of objects, cannot analyse objects and does not engage with scholarly sources.
Student can explain how materials and production of works of art relate to the display of objects with basic analysis and minimal engagement with scholarly sources.
Student can explain how materials and production of works of art relate to the display of objects with satisfactory analysis and attempts to engage with scholarly sources.
Student can explain how materials and production of works of art relate to the display of objects with attempts at original analysis and engagement with scholarly sources.
Student can explain how materials and production of works of art relate to the display of objects with perceptive original analysis and critical engagement with scholarly sources.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Details: The final research paper allows you to bring together material covered during the semester. Choose one of the two following two topics:
Question 1: Changing technologies and new materials have significantly affected artistic practice through history. Discuss, using specific examples.
Question 2: Our interpretation and understanding of art, both historic and contemporary, is affected by how, when and where we view it. Discuss, using specific examples.
Length: 2500 words
Presentation Requirements: Word document with 12 point text, double spaced, uploaded to Turnitin. Chicago Manual of Style footnote bibliography style required.
Due date: 31 May
Estimated return date: 17 June
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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.
There are no hardcopy assignments in this course.
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.
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Decorative arts, crafts, material culture, design, artisanal process
Dr Christina Clarke