Please ensure you have enrolled in the workshop course in enrolment online before proceeding with preferencing.
Workshops are for both first and second year students. They are offered under the following course codes:
- Workshop 2 VART 3650 (1st year students)
- Workshop 4 VART 3652 (2nd year students)
Preferencing is done through RMIT MyTimetable.
MyTimetable Important Dates
10am Monday 22 May 2023 myTimetable available in read-only mode
10am Friday 9 June 2023 Preference entry opens
5pm Friday 23 June 2023 Preference entry closes
10am Monday 3 July 2023 Review and allocation adjustment opens (based on availability)
5pm Monday 31 July 2023 Allocation adjustment closes
- Although we would like to offer all of the workshop options below, classes are subject to viability and may not run if numbers are too low
- There is a separate page for Fine Art Studio classes and a separate page for ART: History+Theory+Cultures classes
- These Workshop classes are 12 credit point courses and will require 3 contact hours per week plus associated learner directed hours
Alternative Clay Forming
This course is an explorative approach to alternative methods of clay forming. Investigating influences and techniques, you will explore non-conventional sculptural methods to manipulate and develop form and surface qualities using a variety of differing clay bodies. Projects will encourage material experimentation with a focus on practice and enquiry. In response to your own work, you will research and document a series of artists, works and ideas and begin to build an archive of research material to draw on in the future.
In this workshop you will engage with a range of concepts and material investigation into abstraction and non- objective art practices, leading to an individualised studio practice. Emphasis will be placed on how artists generate and develop ideas that are used to make contemporary abstract artworks. You will produce experimental research work that emphasise the importance of materiality, scale, colour, composition, pattern, structure, surface, matter, Zen, calligraphy, gesture, play and chance associations. The rich legacy of Western Modernist abstraction and Contemporary abstraction will be at the core of your studio work. You will experience a variety of strategies to generate new ideas, concepts, techniques and material process in a variety of media. You may experience the use of abstraction through, painting, print and digital technologies, drawing, collage, frottage, photography, the object, installation and other media.
The use of found objects, photography, nature, urban environments, signs and symbols, ephemeral works, may be stimuli for your production of work. You will experience student presentations, visual lectures, individual and group tutorials and feedback in a supportive stimulating environment.
Clay and Print: Experimental Process
Casting and Metal Alloying
Drawing with Materiality and Space
In this course you will focus on the dialogue of drawing, space & materiality in contemporary art and its development through your studio practice. You will investigate a variety of making strategies and pictorial systems of visual information that inform how drawing and other practices create individual meaning and cultural engagement.
Through studio research you will explore different forms of imagery embodied and spatialised through a range of techniques and relationships between 2d and 3d. How does drawing operate as a material element informing meaning? What is the role of the viewer experiencing and interpreting artwork in space? What is the “objectness” of image making? You will investigate the material natures of object and image evident in many forms of current contemporary practice, developing a range of experimental works, leading to a self-initiated individual project informed by your specialisation area.
Painting Ideas and Methodologies
In this advanced painting workshop, you will gain knowledge and experience in established and experimental painting techniques, skills and concepts. You will experience a wide range of materials and production processes to create artworks relating to painting with an emphasis on experimentation, conceptual development and studio research. The course is structured through demonstrations & technical experimentation followed by generalised thematic projects and advanced individual self-directed projects. The technical experiments enable you to produce works that complement your own studio practice. Ideas include: the preparation and use of supports and grounds for a variety of painting methods including oil, acrylic and water colour, working from observation, colour and grisaille, tonal painting and underpainting and glazing. Major contemporary themes may include the relationship of painting to photography, the contemporary portrait and still-life, pop culture, hybrid painting, installation, painting deconstruction and painting and materiality. Individual and group tutorials, discussion and feedback sessions, student presentations, studio demonstrations and studio health and safety complement this painting workshop.
Pop Trash and Remix
In this course you will explore ways in which contemporary print processes can inform traditional print production and vice versa. Sourced materials/imagery, photographs, historical references and hand drawings will be mediated through Photoshop or collage. You will generate conceptually and visually coherent working drawings, collages and proofs which will, in turn, inform the production of original prints. Notions of appropriation, quotation, recycling and hybridity will be embedded into explorations of the unique possibilities offered by various print generations. You will also investigate the ongoing dialogues between historical and contemporary methods of print production