Category: Part 3 and 4

Feedback on Assignment 3

Once again I was encouraged by the feedback given by my tutoron the various elements that comprised my last Assignment. A couple of comments gave me encouragement to read more widely and to incorporate more reflections into my Learning Log. Two things that I will try to develop as I continue with this course. I …

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Reflection on Assignment 3

Some aspects of this assignment were more difficult than almost any other I have undertaken OCA course, I think the difficulties were mostly related to the requirement to study and annotate works of art that I was unable to visit. I find it much more satisfying to be able to see the pieces at first …

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Project 7: A Creative Variation of an Eastern Work

This was an enjoyable exercise. I find it really interesting to look at how I photographed an orchid 20 years ago and how I approached this exercise. It has opened my eyes to new ways of seeing images. It is not the best image I’ve ever produced, but if I was to devote a lot …

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Annotation: Hiroshige

I hadn’t come across this artist before, but became really interested in his work the more that I researched it. I chose this particular print because it was on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Given what I have said on previous annotations, where I was unable to see the original work, I thought …

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Project 6: The Sculptural Process

I have always admired the skill involved in producing marble sculptures without fully realising quite how they were made, so this exercise was really interesting. I had not appreciated that marble can be relatively soft when first quarried and that it hardens over time. It would seem that fine arts sculpting is one of those …

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Annotation – a Dan mask

Doing this annotation was one of the more difficult ones that I have had to approach in this course. I think that this probably stems back to a definition of what is art? This mask was carved for its part in a spiritual function, transforming the wearer. Taken out of context, in a museum case …

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Project 5: Make a Copy or Detailed Analysis

Some 35 years ago I lived and worked in Indonesia and was fortunate enough to be able to visit Bali on a couple of occasions. I became very interested in the traditional arts of that island.When considering which work of art to use for this project I thought that I would like to copy a …

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Annotation – Sotatsu Screen

The main thing I learnt from this exercise was how important it is to be able to see the object at first hand if at all possible. I had originally been commenting on the “dull brown” shade of some of this scene, only to find it was actually gold leaf! Obviously the colour reproduction in …

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Annotation – Marcus Aurelius

I find it difficult sometimes to annotate images where I have not been able to see the original. This was the case in this instance as the statue of Marcus Aurelius is in a museum in Rome. It is therefore, something of a challenge to imagine the full colour, scale and detail of the original …

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Portrait of John Berger by Maggi Hambling

The gallery notes and catalogue accompanying The British Museum’s Maggi Hambling – Touch, Works on Paper exhibition describe the portrayal of the intellect of John Berger in this drawing and describe his “searing gaze”. These elements were very clear from the drawing on display My notes on the drawing can be found here; Portrait of John …

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