Collaborative drawing and art challenges: moving practice-based studio classes online

Dr Anna Madeleine Raupach, School of Art and Design

Printmedia & Drawing at the ANU School of Art & Design teaches experimental approaches to drawing. The challenges of 2020 were used as an opportunity to explore how this topic could be enhanced with limited materials, online technology and alternative working spaces.

Projects included ‘Drawing and Chance’, where students were asked to work with a ‘non-human collaborator’ formed by objects and processes found around their home. Results included artwork made with kitchen appliances, the act of walking, hacked machines, and wind and rain. A moving image project was taught using drawing, a mobile phone, and basic software to be creative with editing techniques of repetition and speed. The Independent Work Project took a self-directed and conceptual approach to the situation of being in isolation. Exploring work made by artists who have worked in isolation through history, students responded to the theme ‘Lockdown Rituals’ by noticing, recording, and building on the changes in their routines and habits informed by COVID-19.

Throughout the course, the platform of Zoom was used not only to conduct classes but as a drawing tool itself, by using the shared whiteboard function as a way to make and record collaborative images. Various Wattle functions were used to facilitate both discussions, activities, peer-to-peer sharing and feedback opportunities. This presentation will explore the process of teaching a practical studio-based visual arts course online and share some of the results.

Speaker Bio

Anna Madeleine Raupach is a multidisciplinary artist and a Lecturer in Printmedia & Drawing at ANU School of Art & Design. Her practice-led research explores expressive interpretations of scientific concepts with a focus on using mixed reality to imagine abstract notions of temporality relevant to climate change. Anna has a PhD in Media Arts from UNSW Art & Design (2014). She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Montreal and Bandung. She has participated in residencies including through the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2018); Bundanon Trust, NSW (2018); Asialink Arts and Common Room Network Foundation, Indonesia (2017); a Vice Chancellor’s Artist Fellowship at the ANU Medical School, and as a visiting scholar at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. She is currently a completing a research fellowship at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.

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