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CAEL2046: Painting Music

From Piet Mondrian to Albert Oehlen, artists have been influenced by music. This has had both direct and sublimated effects on the development of the techniques and styles of painting. From seriality to polyrhythms, synchronicity between painting and music has been a constant for a century now. Abstraction has especially taken its cue from the autonomy of music to create a painting that is free from a direct representational quality and instead focuses on an engagement with its own reality through colour, materials and action. This unit of study investigates the dovetailing of painting and music, from modernism to contemporary art, and examines the current trends of painting, relating these processes to those of contemporary music. You will research and investigate the influences of music on painting, and create a work that has music as its core value.

Code CAEL2046
Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
12 credit points of 1000 level units in the Visual Arts major or 12 credit points of 1000 level Studio Foundation units in the Bachelor of Visual Arts

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the basic historical foundation of the music-painting nexus
  • LO2. Produce studio work germane to the music-painting relationship
  • LO3. Demonstrate independent original thinking through a self-directed project
  • LO4. Articulate and justify intention and process as they relate to studio-related outcomes
  • LO5. To have a satisfactory mastery of technical skills in painting and other approaches as they relate to the studio project

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.