Assessment criteria points
Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills
I feel fairly confident about my visual awareness, design and compositional skills to the extent that I was continually frustrated at what I was producing as I did not have the technical skills to execute my ideas. I need to experiment with some different printing inks and have purchased new inks for the next assignment. Also I need to be tidier and more systematic with my printmaking as I tend to rush things. I did feel that I would have benefitted from tuition on technique as this is something that is difficult to learn from a book or manual and there were times when I was ready to give up!
Quality of Outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas
I do see an improvement in my work through the assignment as I assimilated techniques and learnt from my mistakes but this is going to be a long road! I really wanted to produce clear, clean prints which were well-registered and I found it so hard to get everything right! My final prints worked out quite well in the end although they could be vastly improved. The difficult part of the assignment was when to decide ‘enough was enough’. Still this was only Assignment 1 so I look forward to continued improvement throughout the module.
Demonstration of Creativity – imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice
I spent a lot of time experimenting with printmaking techniques and trying out various ideas I had. I was able to visualise the effects I hoped to achieve but found it frustrating that I did not have the technical ability or experience to achieve the results I wanted which hampered my creativity. I did find that leaving the projects for some time and going back with different ideas helped me to feel newly inspired. I see my personal voice beginning to emerge in my final prints which felt more like me than any of the previous work.
Context – reflection, research, critical thinking (learning log)
I feel that I reflected well on my work and I was able to reconsider some of my techniques and processes as well as materials used as I proceeded through the exercises. Although I found keeping the learning blog at times tedious, writing my thoughts down certainly helped me to be self-critical and reconsider some of my projects. I spent considerable time researching artists and printmakers on the internet and found this informative and inspirational. I regret not visiting museums and galleries to look at printmaking specifically but plan to go to a recently opened exhibition of Henry Moore’s prints in Winchester next week.