Despite my tutor’s comment that my book work is ahead of my own work I’ve been re-reading the course notes, and have realised that an area I need to consider in more detail is composition. As such I went off on the research trail again. This time I have a different focus: “How do I produce a good composition?” In particular, of course, this means an initial focus of still life compositions. I believe, however, that most of the “rules” of composition are more generic than this. Continue reading “Composition of Still Life”
A little premature perhaps, but I noticed the following in the Part 4 Notes:
“John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’ (a 1970s BBC series available on YouTube) is a good place to start.”
Consideration based on “Making Sense of Art History“. I’ve selected this approach as a basis to see if it helps me consider the work in a deeper sense. Continue reading “Analysis: Sheep landscape by Michelle Shuff”
This was created just before I received the Assignment 2 feedback from my tutor. I didn’t get round to writing up my thoughts on it because I had a major reset on the work for Project 3.1. The image was simply posted as a comment on pastel pencils. I touched up the image slightly from when I posted it previously, but it is still basically the same. Continue reading “Project 3.2: Apples, Orange and lime”
An area that I’ve spent a certain amount of time researching, but didn’t get around to writing up is around analysis of art, and reflection for learning. This is an area I spent some effort on before Assessment 1, but I went back round the whole idea when I received the feedback for Assignment 2. The feedback made it clear that the my process left something to be desired. What to do about that, however, was still quite open. I needed some ideas on how to approach resolving the feedback satisfactorily. Continue reading “How to do Analysis and Reflection?”
This is an interesting image, which was produced as part of the propaganda for the first world war. I thought it would be an interesting place to start applying the analysis framework proposed by my tutor. There is a fair amount of material available about it: Continue reading “Art Analysis: United Defence”
Although this seems an obvious question the discussions of Modernism in Dispute leads to it in a definite way. Informally the following reflects a starting point:
“You can look at the objective qualities of an art piece, for example the originality, the craftsmanship, materials, display, etc. Then you can see if those elements come together in a way that is pleasing or meaningful or surprising. You would think that the second half would be so different for everybody that there wouldn’t really be a lot of “popular” art, but obviously, there are a lot of art pieces that seem to have a universal appeal.”, posted by slimslowslider at 12:35 PM on July 13, 2005; from http://ask.metafilter.com/21162/What-is-Quality-How-does-one-measure-it , URL Viewed 04/08/2016
Reading through Visualising Research [Gray, 2004] and relating it to the course, and art practice in general, I was pondering how they fit together. Grossly simplifying the approach of the book the key steps they are suggesting include:
- Decide on a question that needs consideration;
- Work out why the answer is important;
- Look for information about the subject, and use that to refine the context from (1) and (2);
- Work out from this how to approach the question;
- Do the work, refining understanding and context as you go;
- Reflect of what you’ve achieved and what now.
That was an odd Journey. I started looking at the Tom Marioni and Rachel Evans in preparation for the second half of Project 0.3. More of that later. Rachael’s work lead me to considering Andrew Goldsworthy, which lead me to the Visual Melt web site. (Hang on I’m getting there.) At the bottom of the Visual Melt pages they include images from other artists, which you can click on to get to more images from the artist. (A dangerous site if you’re short on time.) One Artist that particularly caught my eye was Warwick Goble.
The following seems to be a typical piece of work:
The Star Lovers by Grace James, Illustrated by Warwick Goble. URL Viewed 13/06/2016
As I’ve not really done any form of art education I’ve realised that I don’t have a form, or framework, to comment on art. (Analyse it.) So I went looking for somewhere to start.
These articles were useful:
- BBC Bite size, URL Viewed 10/06/2016: Is a start point intended for GCSE students.
- University of Arkansas, URL Viewed 10/06/2016: Extends this and provides more rigorous guidelines – as well as some examples in a related link.
- Gallaudet Uninversity, URL Viewed 10/06/2016: Is between the two but specifically about analysis of painting. There is an example of a self-portrait of Rembrandt with notes about its development.
From these I’ve created a Drawing Analysis Checklist which I’ll put in the back of my learning log for consideration. My intention is to extend and revise it over time, but I’ll see if it helps first.
For my next image I decided it was worth looking at a more famous artist and image, which would have readily available public information. I chose to consider an image by Leonardo Da Vinci, as an inspiring artist:
URL Viewed 2nd June 2016