Part 5: Self assessment of previous parts

To do:
  1. Reviewing assignments and my own reflections
    1. Assignment 1 – reflection
    2. Assignment 2 – reflection – rework
    3. Assignment 3 – reflection
    4. Assignment 4 a)b), and c)  – reflection

Part One

  • +  Sketchbook, learning log, experimental approach
  • – Reflection on sketchbook studies, engagement with media and surface, observational skills

Part Two

  • + Sketchbook, confidence in being experimental, learning log, contextual research
  • – Scaling up, exploring surface an texture, use of color, medium, context & mark making, creation of textures

Part Three

  • + Sketchbook (experimental, interrogative, ambiguity, explorative)
  • – Illustrative, use of color, scaling up, use of perspective

Part Four

  • + Confidence in new found drawing approach, expressiveness, value for materials ad surface
  • – more critical reflection of sketchbook studies and ideas, use of collage


Scoring of my development according to assessment criteria

For this I quickly assessed based on my above reflection the elements of the assessment criteria with a simple score (-, 0, +, ++). I did not use a ‘++’ yet, as I feel that I need more practice and I believe that this will come with level 2 and 3. Although I struggled with part 2, I can see a development curve, especially in the field of my technical and visual skills but also in the quality of outcome. Creativity and reflection were a stable strong area (though I need to be more critical reflective on my sketchbooks studies)

Rough and quick scoring against assessment criteria

Rough and quick scoring against assessment criteria

My most enjoyable and successful studies from part 1 – 4

For this I screened all my previous works and selected rapidly where I felt emotionally most connected to. At the end most of them were from part 4, 1 form part 2, and two from part 3. I think this has to do with my drawing confidence that I found during part 4.

The main reasons for my choice are my engagement level and joy with a more physical intense working on the surface and where I didn’t know the outcome at all ! Quite fascinating.




My technical skills improved as my confidence with the materials used. I embraced a quite experimental approach and with rather intense interaction of me, the surface, and the material. When I was absorbed in the process, not knowing what the final image would look like I showed more visual and bodily awareness. When I had already a certain final image in my mind I was less successful. The ‘final image’ connotation could be a barrier.

At times I think some drawings could have been worked more, some less. To decide when to do what would be an important reflection for me during this project.

Citing my tutor:
to see every piece as a study, to prevent a creation that eventually become contrived or ‘dead'”

Conclusions and Learnings:

  • Maintain:
    • Freshness, expressiveness, experimental approach from my sketchbooks
    • Contextualise, explore, interrogate, and investigate space, atmosphere, energy
    • Value surface (paper, texture, coloured ground)
  • Increase:
    • Building on my at times stronger ideas in my sketchbooks
    • Deeper critical reflection on my sketchbook studies (Why? What if..?) – stronger discernment
    • Finding new way for / create ambiguity through implication, elimination, and applying abstract markings
    • Push harder the limits and ideas – as well as my own limits
    • Show high visual and bodily awareness during the drawing process
    • See each drawing as a study to learn from
  • Decrease:
    • A feeling that assignment pieces need to be final or finished drawings – all are studies that are part of my learning
    • Draw illustrative
    • Use pure colors (just for mood & atmosphere, e.g coloured grounds)
    • Be careful how and when to use collage
    • Be careful when to use ink (dilute more)



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