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CAEL2046: Painting Music

2024 unit information

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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney College of the Arts

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

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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote

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