What went well?
I think my process for applying myself to the course as an academic piece of work has improved. That took me quite a time to get used to, and has a way to go for me to really “get it.” The course isn’t just a series of drawing exercises where you follow the notes in the project, bundle it up and send it off to your tutor for assessment. That was, to a point, my approach to the first assessment. I tried to improve my approach in the second assessment in terms of how I approached the drawing but didn’t understand how to approach the actual work of presenting for assessment. I’m hoping that my approach to submitting for this assessment will be considerably better.
I had to rebuild the way I was approaching the course, as the feedback left me with a sense of “So, what now?”. Between a consideration of Art History and looking at fellow students approaches (c.f. http://artspacezero.blog/2017/03/27/reflections-on-preparing-assignment-3/ and
https://weareoca.com/student-work/confessions-art-student-part-3/) I started to work out how to approach the course in a new way. The fellow students blogs helped, as the narrative-based approach seemed to provide a framework for providing evidence and actually being more discerning. I started to use my sketchbook for coursework more constructively, which will hopefully help.
What could have been better?
I hope that I am now showing better understanding of Context with respect to the setting of the image. Where I am still lacking evidence of Context is the relevance and setting of this work as a contemporary art work. I have spent a significant amount of time during this assignment in trying to better understand Art History and so I am beginning to understand what a challenge this is. I am still working on meaning in Art and how to portray this, and so am aware that I am only able to covey this on a very basic level.
I lost a lot of time trying to work out how to approach the course and how to move forwards. The comments on showing evidence (“Provide evidence of research, discernment, self-evaluation and contextual study in your logbook”) took me a long while to get my head around. Part of this was a need to think/consider and part of this was a loss of motivation in general that flowed from this “So, what now?” feeling I ended up with.
I fell more into academic research and study rather than doing for a long while. I still haven’t really rebuilt my habit of sketching outside of the course work, as I was starting to before the feedback I received. I know this is likely to be one of my Assignment 3 feedback points.