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.
(Note: There is a separate page for Workshop classes and a separate page for ART: History+Theory+Cultures classes).
The Fine Art Studios are offered under the following course codes:
Fine Art Studio 2 VART 3645 (1st year)
Fine Art Studio 4 VART 3647 (2nd year)
For more information about a course, please contact the Studio Lead of the offering studio or course coordinator.
Please find link to the course guide VART3645 or VART3647.
- 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
Alchemy: Technique, Mediation and the Artist's Response
Through practical workshops this course introduces and explores a range of processes and techniques of lithography and etching as a medium that extends and compliments drawing. Using reproductive techniques with their inherent alchemy, history and transformative principles, students will explore and develop strategies to respond to unintended results and the mediation of the medium with consideration of their idea. Students will be encouraged to find alternative directions in order to produce new artworks while developing a generative art practice.
Body and Space
Clay as Political and Social Commentary
This course explores how to respond to socio, economic, and political themes through clay. Students will explore and experiment with different forming techniques and surface finishes in relationship to concept.
Please note: Ceramics Fine Art Studio 2 and Ceramics Fine Art Studio 4 will be delivered as one class with the above times/details.
Extended Drawing Practices
Gold & Silversmithing Narratives
In this course, you will explore how narrative can be used as a starting point in creating Jewellery and Objects by using gold & silversmithing processes with natural found materials when responding to thematic projects. The exploratory nature of this course will extend your material and process knowledge through a range of narratives as we design a sustainable future.
Your research and idea development will define and position your subject through the making of jewellery and objects. At the end of the semester you will have produced jewellery and objects that tell a story.
Out of the Matrix
Painting, Narrative and Place
In this course you will be introduced to historic and contemporary art practices that approach the concept of storytelling and setting, leading to individual self-directed outcomes. With a focus on both abstract and representational forms, the course will examine the diverse ways in which artists engage narrative interpretations from individual experience to shared stories, whether real or fictional. Through studio-based investigation you will explore works that respond to content that articulates representations of place: incorporating the real, imagined and virtual.
You will consider the history of painting and its influence on the production of contemporary narrative. Investigate the role of the internet on the discipline of painting and explore the networks and narratives between place and paintings, online and in real space.
You will be encouraged to explore the medium of painting and related media, as a means of visual mapping, storytelling, communication and the translation of non-visual content into individual art works. You will experience working in series, exploring both reductive and expansive strategies of studio production. You will respond to a range of thematic projects that will lead to independent self-directed outcomes in a variety of media.
You will gain experience, skills and knowledge in developing a career as a professional artist through an Exhibition Project, where you will curate, exhibit, critique and document your work in a collaborative theme-based group exhibition. You will experience individual tutorials, peer-to-peer discussion and group feedback sessions, online learning, demonstrations, health safety and proposal writing for professional practice and student presentations.
In this course you will develop your own unique studio practice in relationship to the diverse field of contemporary art. You will expand, transform and deepen your Painting Studio Practice in experimental and innovative ways and discover new strategies for developing your imagination and generating ideas.
You will develop a self-initiated practice, complemented by a series of open-ended projects where you will experience the interdisciplinary nature of painting as image, object and installation. Outcomes may include a range of paintings, drawings, collages, objects, digital and photographic works and related support materials that exemplify a Contemporary Art Practice. Through a contemporary studio investigation, exploring concepts, technologies and skills, you will develop an individual, flexible studio work proposal that is sustainable, and research focused to your individual ideas.
Complementing your studio practice will be a series of visual lectures on historic and contemporary art and artists; including on site at the NGV which will focus on the historic & contemporary technical aspects of methods of production and contemporary ideas. This Fine Art Painting Studio course aims to –Encourage self-motivation, sustainable studio working methods, highlight lateral approaches to problem solving and ways to expand and extend ideas, techniques and skills. You will experience individual tutorials, peer-to-peer discussion and group feedback sessions, student presentations, field trips, online learning, demonstrations, health and safety; experiences that will enrich and sustain your continued development as artists in a supportive and stimulating environment.
Passages: Art and Encounter
This course aims to further develop your sculptural practice by focusing on an individual and hands-on approach to making. You will expand, transform and deepen your sculptural practice in experimental and innovative ways and continue to discover new strategies for fostering your imagination and generating ideas. You will further refine and develop your self-initiated interests in concepts, materials and methods in ways that explore the diverse field of contemporary sculpture.
This will be complemented by a series of open-ended projects which will allow you to be productive in an intuitive and creative way and build a deeper understanding of your own interests in 3D practice. In response to this work, you will research and document a series of artists, works and themes or ideas and begin to build an archive of research material to draw on in the future. You will also gain experience, skills and knowledge in developing a career as a professional artist and participate in a collaborative exhibition project.
The Ready Made in Gold & Silversmithing
In this course, you will investigate the place of the Ready Made, the Re Made and the Re Purposed in contemporary jewellery and objects. By researching existing materials and objects and how they present and live in the world you will find new contexts from existing objects and forms. You will explore how pre-existing objects can be altered, remade and adapted to create new work. This will provide opportunities to consider how the viewer engages with jewellery and objects through the pre-existing narratives, connections to form and the inherent material qualities in the collected objects.
The exploratory nature of this course will extend your material and process knowledge, develop skill, (and the use of tools) through the concept of the broken and explore techniques associated with repair.