At the start of the course, my aim was to be able to develop original work as an artist which I am now in a position to do. I believe I have a very good understanding of what A Creative Approach was aiming to teach, but that it is a process of continued development and as this is my first experience of art education and first Level 1 course, there is considerable room for development.
I have been asked to reflect on ‘what has happened to me during the course’. I have learnt so much, have enjoyed much of the work, but there have been highs and lows. Distance learning is flexible but sometimes difficult, particularly with a practical subject. So much was new to me that at times it was overwhelming and I have spent considerable energy worrying. Worrying whether I had interpreted the instructions correctly or if I was doing the ‘right’ thing. I spent far more time on it than the suggested hours and wonder if I’m slow, too thorough, not focussed enough.
I can see how important drawing is and even enjoy it now, but still find it difficult to do regularly. I understand the design process and how generating lots of ideas allows the process and materials guide the outcome, although I may not have demonstrated this. My horizons need broadening to help identify more things I am drawn to visually, which helps with motivation. My biggest hurdle is a lack of confidence, I need to loosen up and let go. I am inhibited by a ‘neat and tidy’ approach and my work is often tight and lacking energy. I need to work directly into a sketchbook regularly and visit more galleries and exhibitions showing a variety of artists’ work.
I have gained confidence and skills and am pleased to have produced a unique piece that is all my own work.
Considering the Assessment criteria, I feel I have made significant improvement since Assignment 1.
Demonstration of Technical and visual skills – these are continuing to develop, but taking more risks, drawing more, identifying areas of interest and manipulating these will aid the process.
Quality of outcome – I think that generally this is good although there is always room for improvement.
Demonstration of Creativity – I believe I demonstrate creativity but understand that repeated experimentation and invention will improve and contribute to the development of my personal voice
Context reflection, research, critical thinking. I think I am a harsh critic and sometimes need to let go but that overall I have shown the potential for developing good self reflection and research skills with more focus on other artists required.
In conclusion, I have really developed as an artist and have improved confidence but am aware of my shortcomings and need to get a more positive balance so that the pleasure outweighs the angst, get out more, loosen up, let go, take risks and keep persevering.