Reflection on feedback for ATV 1
I was very nervous about my first Tutor feedback. Having been out of this world for 20+ years it was very daunting sending my work off to be examined and critiqued.
However, I was very pleased when the feedback was returned. It was very positive and encouraging. It was obvious that the tutor had taken the time to look through my blog and make comments in the formative feedback. I was worried that there was a lot on my blog as I had made the decision to put all of my learning log on the blog and just keep a paper learning log for my rough notes, and that because of this it would only get a cursory glance but I am very happy that this was not the case. I would have liked a little feedback on the essay type questions, especially the ‘how textiles can tell a narrative’ piece as I worked hard on that piece and it would have been good to know how my research and essay writing skills stand.
The overall comments were very good and confirmed that I was working along the right tracks, something that I was unsure of due to working alone with no feedback until it was all completed. The critiques were all very helpful and detailed and mainly about needing to do more self-evaluation and to keep referring back to the assessment criteria. I liked that comments from my blog were referenced to clarify what the tutor was saying and references were made to specific pieces of work- it wasn’t just a blanketed, generic response. My tutor gave me lots of pointers for the next assessment and I found the feedback extremely helpful and it has boosted my confidence and I feel a lot more secure moving on to part 2. I was asked to write a list of my strengths based on the feedback and also a list of areas for development which has also been extremely useful.
List of strengths based on feedback:
- Strong drawing skills
- Clear affinity for colour
- Willingness to challenge myself and try different approaches
- Conscientious approach to visual research
- Good balance of careful studies and quicker, freer renderings
- Used lots of different marks and lines to depict objects
- Good start with the learning log/blog
- Artist research was well critiqued and thoughtful and questioning
- Selection and manipulation of collaged papers demonstrates an affinity for mixing patterns and textures
- Good crafting skills
- Sketchbook used well-investigative and experimental for natures larder
Areas for development based on feedback:
- I need to be more critically self-evaluative
- I need to evaluate my work against my own intentions of what I wanted to achieve as well as the course content
- I need to critique my work as I go along, what I like, what I didn’t like, what I could have done
- I need to state what I have achieved and what I am struggling with to help build confidence and demonstrate evaluative skills
- My research on point 2 was more biographical rather than what I thought of the work so I need to include a more personal response to the work
- I need to focus on evaluation as much as documentation on my blog
How to extend the strengths:
- Continue trying different approaches, experiment more and try to think outside of the box
- Don’t get hung up on ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. I feel as long as I can explain why I have done a certain piece that should be more relevant than thinking I might have done something wrong. I am coming to understand that there is not really a right or wrong way, everyone’s approach is going to be different. I just need to know why I am doing the things I am doing.
- Look at other students work to inspire- don’t compare!
- Understand that some of the work I create won’t turn out how I expected-learn from it and move on- try not to be such a perfectionist!
How to build on the weaker areas:
- Read the recommended articles and books my tutor has given me to help with self-evaluation and drawing research. (I have purchased Vitamin D by Emma Dexter but The drawing book by Tania Kovats is out of my price range, I can’t find it cheaper, or an online copy and my local library doesn’t have it!)
- Self-evaluate more. This does not highlight my weaknesses, it shows that I can step back from my work and be able to see what is going right or what is not working. It gives a basis for helping make more decisions in what directions I can take my work and how I can improve on something.
- Same thing if I am struggling with something- say why I am struggling, what I am finding difficult? Look at how I can overcome this, is there another way or method I can use or do I just need to pass on this and move on to something else.
- Keep going back to the project criteria to make sure I am covering what’s needed
- Sum up my blog posts with a review of what I have achieved, how I achieved it and what else I might have done
- Give more personal responses to artist research, not just sticking to biographical or fact giving
So, all in all very please with my first feedback. The encouragement has really boosted my confidence and made me feel much better about moving onto part 2. I shall be checking back at all my pointers to help improve my work in the next stages. Thanks Cari!