Fine Art Studios
Please ensure you have enrolled in the Fine Art Studio course in enrolment online.
You do not preference this course. Students will be allocated to their home studio's course relevant to their year level.
The Fine Art Studios are offered under the following course codes:
- Fine Art Studio 3 VART 3646 (2nd year students)
- Fine Art Studio 5 VART 3648 (3rd year students)
For more information about a course, please contact the Studio Lead of the offering studio or course coordinator.
Important Please note:
- Fine Art Studio classes are 24 credit point courses and will require 6 contact hours per week.
- Although we would like to offer all of the Fine Art Studio options below, classes are subject to viability and may not run if numbers are too low.
Offering Studio & Studio Lead/Coordinator
Ceramic Research Project
Developing Practice in Sculpture
Drawing Atelier Projects
In this course you will initiate Individual Drawing Projects through the methods of your Studio practice. You will enrich and deepen your skill base and explore how to think through and transform traditions of drawing and creative practice within the 'atelier' site of studio practice. The idea of atelier includes both the individual working space as well as the shared experience of studio as a community.
You can explore and extend ideas of contemporary art practice that may be specific to one medium or formed across various media, including strategies from picture making, narrative, figuration, time-based practices, installation and event-based work. What is central will be your investigation of the way meanings are formed within your emerging art practice.
You will develop a studio document framing ideas and contexts leading to the development of your resolved self-directed projects. You will initiate an arc of research that develops across year 3 and establish a sustainable work ethic. A key aspect is critical dialogue and self-sustaining behaviours within the atelier as well as an ongoing engagement outside the studio with the contemporary art world.
Expanded Sculpture Studio
Intersections: Exploring the analogue digital interface through print discourses
In this course, you will engage with contemporary art practices that deploy studio theories and philosophies of print imaging as a springboard to art making that go beyond the workshop edition. You will engage in conceptual and technical explorations that expand your current understanding of the analogue digital interface. You will investigate and experiment with handmade, machine made and screen-based methods to consider your practice in relation to local, national and international contemporary ideas and philosophies. You will also be encouraged to develop your own practice with consideration of audience, the practice of your peers, and how these operate within the art community and society in general.
Jewellery & Object Major Research Project
In this course, you will undertake a semester-long research project to produce a Research Archive and Final Resolved Works.
During this time, you will choose your own subject to explore that which is relevant to the direction of your work. This will involve identifying the topic, technique and material for exploration. You will develop methodologies in your Research Archive to incorporate into and develop a group of Final resolved Works of jewellery and object-based works.
This course will assist in developing your ability to identify an area of research, conduct experimentation and then document that research. This major project will be integral to your ongoing creative practice and will assist you in developing your artistic position and the direction of your future work.
Painting, Thinking Through Making
This course advances your practice inspiring you to discover an expanded view of what painting can be in contemporary art. Painting is a way of thinking equally as a way of making. You will explore painting through material, space and colour to produce “pure” and hybrid works. Through studio research you will explore different forms of imagery and abstract practices expressed through a range of concepts, techniques and media. You will expand upon the use of traditional, historic and experimental media to build upon your established strengths. A variety of projects will lead to your individual studio projects that are based on your own interests.
You will engage with ideas of figuration, narrative, mythology and abstract and non- objective art practices; exploring the found image and object, screen media and text. You will experience strategies to increase the scale and production of your work. You may experience how the concepts of painting as image may be transformed to the investigation of painting as object, installation, ephemeral and site-specific work. You will experiment with systems to document and display artworks.
This course is studio based and complemented by online learning, visual lectures, field trips, class discussions and student presentations that focus on the development of a body of exploratory, experimental and resolved artworks relating to your individual interests.
Painting - Advanced Studio
In this course you will experience an expanded view of painting as image and as material presence. Through a variety of established and experimental research strategies, you will discover new ways to develop form, content and methodology to advance your studio production. The aim for this course, is for you to develop a focussed, sustainable, exploratory individual studio practice that relates to your own ideas.
Generalised thematic propositions are introduced, leading to the development of an individual studio investigation, where you will build upon your established strengths and explore new concepts and methods of production. You may investigate painting, drawing, performance, video, digital media, installation and more. You will investigate a variety of making strategies and pictorial systems of visual information that inform how expanded painting practices can create individual meaning, new ways of seeing and limitless possibilities.
You may experience diverse ideas of – Materiality, abstraction, the human image, the landscape and the natural world, identity, hybridity and migration, pop culture, digital and time-based practices, and personal symbolism. You will develop a draft studio work proposal that is directed to your individual studio projects. This course is studio based complemented by online learning, student presentations, demonstrations, visual lectures, individual and WIL group tutorials and feedback and field trips to exhibitions in a supportive and stimulating environment
The Narrative Through Clay
The Politics of Print: Protest and Power
In this course, you will engage with contemporary art practices that employ reproductive technologies such as printmaking and photography that challenge the status of the unique art object developing a praxis deploying the intersectionality of race, gender and class. In this context, you will be challenged to research other practitioners' methodologies and experiment with processes beyond your current practice. You will be directed to appropriate resources and instructed in divergent methods sensitive to the needs of your practice. You will participate in group critique sessions as well as individual tutorials to assist you in contextualising your work in relation to historic and contemporary art practices that engage with positions of protest and power.
Touch & Hold
In this course, you will undertake a series of projects to explore the haptic qualities of touching and holding as a sense, a concept, a function, and a making premise to create jewellery and objects. Through touch and hold we make and use objects imbuing and finding spaces for jewellery to contain meanings and ideas. You will research historical and contemporary concepts relating to the sense and meaning of Touch and to the notion and function of Hold. From this research you will develop drawings, models, material experiments and maquettes testing your ideas.