Today’s Schedule;

9-10= Prep for crit

10-3.30= Cross year crit workshop

3.30-4= Reflection/ writing notes

4-4.30= Blogging

Comments;

For part of our professional practise module, and for the benefit of our practise, we are encouraged to take part in at least one workshop that is available to us. There are a huge variety of workshops available ranging from performance work to group critiques.

In my feedback session with my tutor at the beginning of the year, I was specifically encouraged to talk to other peers, sign up for more tutorials and develop through this. Therefore, having a group crit session made the most sense for me.

The group crit was both helpful and exhausting. Within our group we had students from Fine art years 2 and 3, and also a couple of 3rd year students from the contemporary arts practise course. It was really helpful gaining feedback from the third years in particular, because they have been through the process that we (2nd year fine art students) are currently going through. Even when not talking about my work, the advice they gave was really good to hear. The advice they gave was to use the workshops as much as possible while they are available to us, to do what you enjoy best and to not worry about trying to please everyone.

When it came to discussing my work, I was very anxious because I am aware that my work is very much unfinished. I am trying to develop my sand work technique and so I could appreciate that it may have been difficult for the other students to visualise what I was doing. Despite this, the tutor said that the concepts I spoke about were really interesting and that I had got a lot to back up why I had chosen the image I was looking at, why I was using that specific material etc. Also I quote, my tutor said ‘Laura, your drawings are fucking amazing’. To hear this from a tutor is so refreshing because drawing is very often placed at the bottom of the material hierarchy because it can be seen as so obvious. Many people in the past have claimed that drawing is boring and drawing is unimaginative. However, I am starting to discover that the people that have such a hate towards drawing, tend to be those who cannot draw accurately at all !

Below is a photograph of the works I displayed, along with this, I had my large drawing that I am currently working on visible to the students.

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Other feedback;

  • Do not put sand over the drawing I have been working on as it could ruin it
  • The stencil is more interesting than the finished image itself
  • The drawing is good without anything else- although I am constantly hearing different views on this
  • Do not use the sand if it does not have meaning to the image- play sand bought from b and q will not have the same inviting quality
  • When I mentioned that I wanted to draw on to metal, everyone seemed very excited about this
  • BE CONFIDENT, BE CONFIDENT AND BE CONFIDENT (I hear this in nearly every feedback session I have)
  • Think about the surface, it could look so much better if it was all one level, rather than the sand sitting on top of the page
  • Use better quality materials (although this means more money…)
  • Ask the photography workshop guys to take a high resolution image of the drawing I have nearly completed, and ask them to print out a few copies to play with- I really like this suggestion, the drawing is a very time consuming thing, and if I were to place the sand on the image and not like it, that would have been two weeks work that I am unhappy with
  • Draw more !