Assignment 3 – tutor report

Formative feedback

Student name Angela Johnson Student number 513795
Course/Unit Understanding Painting Media Assignment number Three
Type of tutorial (written) Written

Overall Comments

Thank you for the very well edited, more selective and considered portfolio.  Both the physical and blog submission have more clarity of purpose specifically in terms of a highly focussed media exploration and development.

With this in mind my feedback is pitched to hone in on specific areas of good practice and encourage an ever focussed, deepening of analysis and exploration.

Shifting some habitual means of production have offered insightful learning opportunities i.e: slowing down production speed and quantity.  This has resulted in you genuinely learning about and understanding the nature of the materials and the tools of painting.  This seems a significant and valuable shift- beginning to explore the joy in painting.

Most of the prolific research seems focussed on the analysis and application of painting- a purposeful practical process.  This has clearly fed into your painting development.  You took my Assn 2 recommendation quite literally in terms of ‘applying research to your own work’ and with respect to manipulation and exploration of media-  leaps in understanding and method have resulted.

In addition to the wealth of course material: curation of ‘Edge’ zine and several competition applications evidences an active, independant approach to considerating your audience.

You chose to put aside any references to previous content, this has hugely benefitted your practical understanding and development.  There are further questions to ask yourself regarding possible content- alongside the contnuing and exciting matter of the act of painting itself.

An excellent submission all round.

Assessment potential

“I understand your aim is to go for the Fine Art Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, and providing you commit yourself to the course, I suggest that you are likely to be successful in the assessment.”

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

A significant shift in how you approach and explore the matter of painting.  

This appears to have come partly through the slowing down of your production.

You have begun to more purposefully reflect upon and apply your research- to great effect.  Continue this process and apply the same analysis to your own work. (Pointers)

It is timely to deepen your questioning in relation to content in the work.  There seems a contradiction between what you aim to explore and the mood / tone of the digital images and some of the monotypes.  You say you wanted to move away from the darker content, yet the digital images hark back.  A deeper analysis and direction here will feed more purposefull into your visual exploration and expand your creativity. (Pointers)

There is a very interesting exploration of visual language in terms of quality of application, mark-making and creative invention across a number of the monotypes.  I recommend you bring some further reflection and analysis to learn from and apply these qualities in future assignments. (see Pointers)


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

Advancement of technical and visual skills has mainly be evidenced in a number of trial paintings.  This was a very focussed and purposeful task.  A highly useful strategy for future application.

Outside of the sketchbook there is a high level of creativity and exploration in the painterly monotypes.  These offer useful application in terms of range of mark-making, blurring, spoiling qualities. (Pointers)

An area to bring further analysis and consideration is the nature of how the palette informs possible aesthetics, mood and content.  This in turn will require more research on colour-mixing for example:


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis  

A great breadth of research both in primary and secondary source material and well referenced throughout the blog.  

Research into contemporary practitioners has been highly focussed and with pertinent analysis of the visual language and painterly qualities of media.  This has been purposefully utilised to test out your own explorations.  Good and useful practice for future development (see Research).

In a nutshell the research has expanded in garnering knowledge and in very practical terms- a very useful and significant shift.  Much more of this alongside a much clearer analysis of your content and how this can be explored through the matter and application of paint (Pointers).

Dependant upon your chosen media in future assignments: it would further benefit to research into more diverse mediums i.e for working thin to fat and explore glazes and brushes.  Perhaps using one / two of the painting handbooks in the reading list (see Research / Pointers).

Regarding your interest in Ab Ex- (see Research)

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis  

Excellent use of blog to archive and reflect upon great range of research.

A highly focussed and more purposeful reflections on painting process and development.

Now you’re committing more time and a slower pace to exploring the painting process in more depth.  it would be beneficial to record your analysis and exploration of possible content at the same time.  Considering how and in what ways might this be explored through layering / removing, mark-making and palette for instance.  Recording the analysis of this relationship on the blog. (Pointers)

Reflective analysis has very much impacted upon the developing nature and quality of experimentation.  A highly effective practice to continue and deepen. (Pointers)

Suggested reading/viewing


Joan Mitchell American Ab Ex painter

Fiona Rae

Practical painting handbook: See UPM reading list.

Pointers for the next assignment

Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.

  • Ask yourself some very focussed questions on the content of your ideas.  This in turn will guide you to think about how you might explore and develop this through the matter and practice of painting.
  • Research and practice use of painting mediums (liquin / Zest-It..)  and mark-making qualities i.e: glazes and thin – fat applications.
  • Continue to keep the pace and quantity of production (s)low.  This is benefitting the quality of your thinking through painting and will deepen your understanding of the material and process of paint.  Record your thoughts  as you build up a painting over time.
  • It might be useful to consider what to leave out of your paintings (as well as what to include).  Purposefully aim to hold yourself back, literally stepping back, taking breaks and reviewing your painting (through a mirror) during the painting process.
  • The analysis of your own work could be even more honed and therefore more purposeful.  Select a limited number of the monotypes (4?) and one / two of the small paintings (from artist research).  Apply some reflective analysis to specifc qualities: Palette, mark-making, layering, composition, quality of ‘mood’ etc. Post to your blog.  Use this analysis to inform what / how you will apply this in future assignments.

Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment.   Written or video/audio

Well done, I look forward to your next assignment.

Tutor name Cheryl Huntbach
Date 02/11/16
Next assignment due 14/12/16

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