According to Picasso, it took him four years to paint like Raphael and his lifetime to paint like a child. Whether you’re aiming for photo-realism or hard-edge abstraction, this unit of study on the technique of painting is an essential place to start.
Delivered online by Open Universities Australia, in partnership with Curtin University, this unit is a chance for you to begin with the basics and learn good habits, or perhaps unlearn some bad ones. You will start off by understanding the make-up of different types of paint and their associated effects, and once you are at home with your tools, you will be able to get onto the elements of composition.
The unit will also take you through shapes and the figure field, teaching you how to plan out your work. You will develop a greater understanding of tone and also the different associations and relationships that can be brought out in colour. If you’re serious about your practice, then you will also want to develop your personal style and push some boundaries.
This unit will give you the strong foundations you need, but you will also be encouraged to explore transformation in your work – all within a supportive environment that includes video conferencing and discussion forums.
Anyone can apply.
Areas of study
In this arts unit, the topics you will study include:
Paint as substance
Colour and associations
Colour, tone and temperature
Transformation and development
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
With this comprehensive set of painterly tools under your belt, you will be ready to plan, paint and critically appraise a body of work. It will give you the techniques you need to see your concepts through to resolution.
On completion of this course you will have:
Learnt technical painting skills that can be applied to all styles of work
Been given the opportunity to put these skills into practice and see a body of work through to completion
Gained critical appraisal for a range of set projects
Originated ideas for a range of works, developing your conceptual skills
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Painting: Methods and Materials from Curtin University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
Get more information
Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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