till Response to Tutor Feedback
Alison Dollery 515318
Thank you for my feedback, although initially I felt the feedback was very disappointing it has actually been very enlightening, developmental and I thank you for the pointers.
Here is my response:
The biggest problem for part 2 of this course for me was that having already done 18 months at Art College (mostly focusing on still life) the exercise briefs were extremely similar to work I had already done.Still Life is also not my favourite genre or I yet to fall back in love with it. In hindsight I should have been more transparent and used this as a starting point, reflected on it and progressed or sought help with my frustration. With hindsight now it caused procrastination and have learnt that there is no right or wrong to how or which objects I used to approach these exercises. Having now worked through other parts of the course I realise that I could have spent more time exploring drawing techniques, tone, composition arrangement or focusing on one object and how that would translate into various media as per the exercise.
I am disappointed with the work I produced in part 2 because it wasn’t of a high standard of work that I would have liked to have achieved. Initially I was disappointed with the feedback but again with reflection I became too focused on experimenting with markers and packaging as opposed to trying other media which could have produced different results or a steeper learning curve.
I will look to change my working methods (will arrange a hangout with my tutor for support). I have been reading whenever possible and although I have absorbed the information, I neglected to blog about it mainly because of time and logistics (for example Sat reading in my car or hospital waiting room) .
I had researched and read about both the Welcome collection and Personal Voice recommendations but I hadn’t added any analysis or reflection to my blog. Although I had researched both Morandi and Bonnard I hadn’t followed the recommendations as per feedback in Assignment 1 although Morandi’s background was an inspiration for Assignment 2’s background and other exercises. Frustratingly I have also read Vitamin D, Robert Kaupalis Experimental Drawing, and watched multiple arts programs that are also not reflected in my blog. This is something I will address going forward. Having just finished Creative Arts Today (January assessment submission) I have been wanting to focus on the practical side and will re address the theoretical side as can see this is as important. Although I had completed all the theoretical exercises within this part of the course.
Positive comments included that my “portfolio shows a development in confidence and take some bold risks” and “you have shown competency across a range of media”.
It was commented on the assignment “This was a bold attempt to manage and manipulate visually busy and conflicting material qualities”.
I really enjoyed drawing the deformed fruit and vegetables it was an interesting visual enquiry “There are some subtle and laboured approaches to drawing, where you evidence more subtleties in considering both the object and the space in which it sits. In exercise 1: Detail and tone / Veg. Here you explore a range of mark-making qualities to create form, shadow and texture”.
It was commented that I hadn’t explored various options for assignment 2’s composition. Unfortunately again I hadn’t documented this. I did the process using my Ipad and moving the objects around my home to explore light and tone. I appreciate going forward I will need to document this as a process and to show ways of working. After doing this I disregarded the photographs as I eventually set up the objects in my studio to draw from life (including then doing the quick sketches my tutor is referring too). What I neglected to at this point was to re- explore the objects for compositional effect in sketches or photographs on my blog and to research the final composition.
I have added to my blog the narrative and context behind the objects chosen, again will focus on this as a pointer for the next assignment as this is an integral part of explaining my own drawings.
I had too many aims or idea’s for the assignment piece-that my tutor is correct in advising me in the pointer” to begin with some very clear aims / intentions this will help you more clearly focus on conveying them”.
Overall from the feedback from part 2 is that I need to be more transparent with how working, blogging immediately once I have completed something and explain why I am doing, how I am working and how it connects or reflects with what I have read or researched. I will just clarify this is what my tutor is referring to in the comment “It would really benefit your critical thinking and drawing process to use it more regularly, as a reflective space. This will help you appreciate and understand the qualities in your drawing and make decisions on how to develop your own work. There is a tendency in your critical thinking / analysis to refer to ‘what’ you did. Ask yourself more questions and comment on ‘how’ and what purpose or content you can bring to the drawings. This is in relation to your personal interests, needs and desires – beyond the specific tasks for each assignment.”
After meeting tutor Clare Wilson on a recent study visit I have discovered that I have very different ways of working and process’s to complete a drawing that I will need to change to show assors how I am working. I will seek further advice from my tutor on this. I do not want to be too tentative or scared of completing the final assignment. I have previously noticed a lot of work is better within a sketch book and can be harder to recreate when scaling up or for an assignment.
Although I have started using thumbnails (as per assignment 1 feedback) I will follow the pointer to do complete 6 A5 drawings for the assignment as well as thumbnails. I am completely open to new ways of working and I am positive I will learn something. I have previously identified that my learning style is predominantly an activist (Honey and Mumford learning styles) so I learn from doing and reflect on what I have done afterwards, then auto correct it if needed. From this feedback I have identified that I process information very quickly from A-z within seconds so that when others are still on B I have finished and given myself other objectives (such as media experimentation) the problem is I am not documenting this.
On a completely positive note I finally understand and feel confident with Harvard referencing as noted by my tutor “Good Harvard referencing throughout”.
The last barrier I need to overcome is translation of what I am doing in my blog. For example I frequently watch art programs and sometimes I have nothing to report (not sure how to document this in my blog to show how much work I am actually doing). Sometimes I have a lot to document and I lack confidence to put this in my blog especially as my blog is public.
I will arrange a hangout with my tutor for advice on all the above and will ensure that the following pointers are fulfilled clearly for the next assignment submission;
**Assignment 1 feedback: Revisit Research suggestions on Morandi / Bonnard including analysis and applying to your prep compositions.
** Follow up on the Welcome Trust suggestion from Assignment 1 feedback.
Pointers for the next assignment
- Reflect critically on this feedback in your learning log.
- Set yourself some clear aims / intentions before you start the assignment (in addition to the assignment tasks). Ask yourself what are trying to convey / communicate? This will help you more clearly achieve the context / narrative / symbolic content…you seek.
- Critical thinking: You have some evidence of analysis and critical reflection on your work. The work will benefit from deepening this reflection, analysis and setting aims. Try and write less on ‘what you do’ but more on what you’re aiming to explore, convey and communicate then how you might explore this.
- Work out options for composition, negative space / object relationship, mark-making and tonal range in your preliminary drawings- as recommended try 6 x A5 before starting the assignment work.
Additional pointers added by myself:
- Get advice on documenting in my blog.
- Document reading on personal voice.
- Document in blog reading and watching of programs.
- Revisit understanding of positive and negative space.
- Clarify with Tutor different ways of working provided it is documented.
- Clarify my understanding of “how what purpose or content you can bring to the drawings. This is in relation to your personal interests, needs and desires – beyond the specific tasks for each assignment”).
- Complete clear aims for each assignment and 6 x A5 drawings and blog before staring work on assignment. (“It would be good to see you construct your final drawings and think about potential composition, flow and tone at the prep stage. You didn’t seem to explore any options for composition, prior to the piece: the wine glass remained dead-centre, apple and plant pot in exact same position”).
- Document all photography taking photos to show stages of completion (“I recommend that you take images of the assignment piece at each stage of its development. It might help you to see clearly what is working in the drawing. It might also guide you in allowing some aspects of the drawing to be less-worked. Post these to your log ( in future submissions) remember the process of development, reflection and thinking, are as important as the final piece”).
- Ways of working/ blogging– ask tutor for ideas around time management and would use an A5 pad/sketch book to write notes down as I read to then blog about?
- Make a list of work to complete so that I can take advantage of wanting to do theory or practical work.