Posted in Art and Artists, Research & Reflection

Art as an agent for change


One of the areas that I have a growing interest in is the use and application of art as a catalyst for change. There are many artists who have got involved in different ways, see Chumbawumba’s “Sing about love” ( an example. To help in considering this I signed up for the “ART of the MOOC: Activism and Social Movements” ( to see what they had to say. Continue reading “Art as an agent for change”

Posted in Art and Artists, Coursework, Part 1, Research & Reflection

Considering personal visual language


The course notes make the following observation:

“personal visual language by looking at some images by the following artists from different art historic moments, each working in a very different style, but each very firmly absorbed in the activity of drawing: Leonardo da Vinci, Käthe Kollwitz, Cy Twombly and Jenny Saville.”, Course Notes p13

Continue reading “Considering personal visual language”

Posted in Notes, Research & Reflection, Sketchbook

Drawing with rhythm

I came an interesting section about drawing with rhythm in Andrew Loomis’ book “Figure Drawing for all its worth.” (PDF available here.) He describes drawing with rhythm as following through the major lines of forms in various graceful curves as part of the setup. The drawing on page 136 is of particular interest in this respect. As an experiment in this approach I tried a drawing of a dancer. Although I am unhappy with many of the details of the image, the basic idea of building up the form with interesting curves was very useful. Now I just need to learn a whole bunch about anatomy.

Posted in Experiments

Playing with colour

Starting to look at colour theory, and decided to start with Betty Edwards (of Drawing on the Right side of the brain fame) book to start with. This starts with a couple of simple exercises: (a) Colour I like and Dislike; and (b) Colours of the seasons. Not exactly great art, but it was quite fun.

Posted in Foundation Drawing, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 5

Assignment 5 feedback session

Overall Comments

You have been a thoughtful student and have demonstrated to me that you have the ability undertake a degree level piece of academic research.  Your drawing skills have developed but I think embarking on the degree will really speed that up and help you to commit more time to drawing. Importantly, your understanding of art and its possibilities for you as a maker has really developed. In particular, there is plenty of scope for you to continue to ask questions of drawing as it relates to sculptural practices. Best of luck with your future studies. Continue reading “Assignment 5 feedback session”

Posted in Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 5, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENTS

Assignment 5 Evaluation and Course Reflection

Assignment Suitability for submission

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills

I like the submitted print and narrative images, and am starting to get an idea of how to approach work using the techniques indicated within the course. The quality of the self-portrait indicates how far I have to go in figure drawing, as this is probably the most significant area that needs improvement in the submitted works. I think I have many more hours of observational drawing ahead of me before I fully crack that. (As my tutor put it at one point “I’m still stuck in symbolism.” Clearly demonstrated by the nose in the attempted self-portrait.) Continue reading “Assignment 5 Evaluation and Course Reflection”