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Hobart, Launceston


Creating artwork involves encounters with objects, materials, ideas, cultures and other life forms. This unit will involve visits to Museums, Art Galleries and public artworks to investigate the many forms of collection and archive within a community. Public collections include a range of artefacts that define cultural histories and offer emotional, aesthetic and educational experiences. In contemporary art practice they have become spaces to question and challenge cultural assumptions and offer pathways to reflect and address troubled histories and offer potential for innovation and renewal.

This unit emphasises materiality as an integral aspect of art making and interpretation. Materiality will be explored in studio work with students taken through processes of engaging with different materials and iterations to recognise how informs the meaning of an artwork. Materiality and processes of observation will be used as a lens to interpret works in collections and archives. Critical and formal analysis skills will be developed to assist in learning to see beyond the obvious and the literal. Key instances of artwork and art writing will be explored to deepen an understanding of what a collection reveals about a culture. This unit introduces students to the creative arts emphasis on praxis, where theory is tested and embodied in making and writing.

Summary 2021

Unit name Critical Practices in Art: Encounters
Unit code FSA115
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts

Dr. Jan Hogan

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply processes of observation, interpretation and iteration to make artwork that engages with an artefact from a public collection.
  2. Describe and evaluate art and design works in relation to their form, content and context.
  3. Locate relevant sources to contextualise art and design works.



Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

FSA121 Critical Practices 1A


Teaching Pattern

Lecture (1 hour/weekly)
Workshop (2 hours/weekly)


Task 1: Draw and describe an object, 300 words + drawing (10%)

Task 2: Documentation of iterative drawings and process and short reflection and evaluation for development, 300 words + minimum 6 iterations (20%)

Task 3: Annotated Bibliography, 1000 words (25%)

Task 4: Series of Drawings (25%)

Task 5: Journal (20%)

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