Assignment One – Part One Introducing Monoprints
Reflection against Assessment Criteria Points:
- Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills
I initially struggled with the water-based inks, particularly the black, to make a strong enough print. I have since read, that dampening the paper may help with this. Something to try. I am enjoying the design aspect of printmaking and composition, I feel has been a strength in previous OCA courses. I have been keen to try as many techniques as I can and think I am starting to get a feel for what to use when. My observational skills are improving all the time from my working from life in other classes such as life drawing and portrait painting.
- Quality of Outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas
I seem to be going through a cycle of having the ideas but not being able to achieve them, to gaining more skill and losing the ideas, to just beginning to realise some ideas and being more imaginative. In Drawing 1, I was pushed to loosen up and be more expressive, through Painting 1, there was a distinct journey where my ideas were becoming more creative and although not always as I envisaged started to make sense and become more of a conversation with the viewer rather than just a pretty picture. Here, I am loving the sense of not being in control, even though I think I am, yet I can not truly determine what will appear when a print is taken. I think my presentation has improved dramatically throughout the beginning of the course. I am of course slightly glossing over the last mishap in Project 4.
- Demonstration of Creativity – imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice
I think choosing to do this course was the best thing I could have done. Printmaking is new to me and as such, I feel I can try anything and just see what happens. When I have time, as in the Still Life/Abstract in Project 4, I felt that the possibilities were endless and learnt such a lot. I don’t think I could have produced the other three works in one day, without the 2 days I spent on one. I feel my creativity will develop much further with trying printmaking and it will influence my painting and drawing and vice versa.
- Context – reflection, research, critical thinking (learning log)
I have always kept a comprehensive learning log, sometimes, I have been told, too much so. Therefore, I have tried to be more succinct in what I write and try to illustrate points with images. I have found the research more challenging as I am not as familiar with printmakers as painters for example. However, the more I research, the more I see the cross-over between artists and that I probably know more of them than I think.
Overall, I am really enjoying learning something new, especially as I can draw on what I have already learnt. I didn’t realise the versatility that printmaking gives and am looking forward to trying out more new techniques.
Work Selected for Assignment One