Category: ASSIGNMENTS

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Assignment 3: Rework of assignment piece for assessment portfolio

After submission of my assignment 3 piece to my tutor and discussing with her in our skype tutorial about the more successful piece coming out from my daily self-portraits project from week 9 ‘Portrait objects’, I decided to submit that work in a slightly adjusted presentation for assessment in July 2017. I abandoned thus the originally submitted assignment 3 piece completely.…

Assignment 5: Reflection on tutors’ feedback – skype tutorial

Based on draft report provided by my tutor and our video tutorial from 22nd March 2017. The full tutor report is available at:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B01FNjP84PHhMDFnUDZzd25rMUU (need permission to access) Summary: I had a very pleasant and positive feedback on my assignment piece and a very fruitful discussion on the way forward. We discussed topics related to my assessment portfolio that were most relevant to me at this…

Assignment 5: Self-Evaluation

  My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts. Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills:  In my assignment I let my paintings be informed by my photographs taken on location of the deteriorating house. I looked into different aspects of painting. e.g. monotype as a process step-by-step approach and overpainted photographs. I discovered for the first time how…

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Assignment 5: “Memories, the Uncanny & the Un-Homely”

My personal encounter alongside the process of deterioration of a house, memories with an uncanny sensation. ❖ Inside of Us: The Uncanny & the Un-homely ❖ Finding my Theme: I found my theme after reflection on my tutor’s feedback after my last assignment related to painting as documentation and the link to Cornelia Parker’s ‘blowing the shed’ documentation. I was remembering a residential building in…

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Preparation: Process Painting

Introduction I got informed by my tutor after last assignment feedback that the sequence of intermediate painting steps can be more than merely a narrative and illustration of my making. My two more successful examples from Part 4 are the one from  Project 1 – ‘Hard and Soft Landscape‘ => with a narrative and emulation of natural phenomena and the other…

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Preparation: Overpainting of photographic images

During part 4 I experimented with photographs and got into the notion of the associated memories of old, especially family photographs (see. Project ‘Squaring Up‘). My tutor felt these paintings as quite successful related to the sequence and showing step separation (similar to interim stage print proofs) and the possibility to work more with photographs. The idea was discussed how…

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Preparation: Texture, Index and abstraction

Texture & found materials: Already in previous parts and projects I worked with textured grounds for my paintings. My examples: Part 4 – Project 4 – ‘Landscape outside‘ and Project 5 – Ex3 ‘Working from photograph‘ Part 5 – Project 2 – Ex 1 ‘Textured ground‘ and Ex 2 ‘Mixing materials‘ I contextualised especially Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) – see link…

Preparation: Monotype, monoprint and other transfer experiments

During part 4 I experimented with some surrealistic automatic techniques like Decalcomania. Decalcomania is a kind of monoprint, a monotype – one of a kind. I used it successfully in project ‘Linear Perspective‘. The rationale for applying a random pattern of paint was to trigger emotional responses of the viewer with association of mental stages of mind (vertigo, claustrophobia). The starting point was my…

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Assignment 5: Mindmap and development of ideas

My personal encounter alongside the process of deterioration and memories and the notion of the uncanny. Step#1: Overview achievements, scope of project and context in a corner of my studio … a kind of triptych – a narrative of my process: => quite a complex picture of various aspects => I need to reduce and focus Step #2:  I will consider my goal and questions that I will ask myself…

Contexual research: Narratives in painting

My last assignment 4 was about serial painting and cluster assembly as a format for narrative. I experimented in part 3 also with other narrative in perhaps rather illutrative way of narrative, telling a story – see Project 3  ‘Telling a Story – Keti Koti‘. I was wondering how I could work on other formats of narrative for my personal…

Assignment 5: Contextual research ‘The Uncanny’

Researching ‘The Uncanny‘ in relation to visual arts, personal encounters and sensations and buildings. My initial sketch for my project related to the deteriorating residential ‘haunted’ building and I associated this with the uncanny. In reference to E. Jentsch and S. Freud the main aspect of the german word ‘Das Unheimliche‘ is linked to the fearful and emerging aspect of something…

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Assignment 5: Preparation location visit – photo shooting

Working Subject: The Uncanny – deterioration of a residential building and fading memories – human absence  My unedited series of photo shot on location: capturing building, close up views, and environment, trying to capture a sense of place and space. This series of photographs cannot reflect and convey the entire sense of whole embodied experience on site. I decided to bring…

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Assignment 5: Personal Project and preparatory thoughts

A first collection of loose ideas crossing my mind. Theme: I was triggered by my tutor’s feedback after assignment 4, the reference to Cornelia Parker’s ‘blowing up the shed’ documentation and my reflection and personal experiences. In our neighbourhood in East Frisia (Ostfriesland, Germany) is a vacant old small residential building and the last tenant/owner obviously passed away. The building already deteriorated some time…

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Assignment 4: Reflection on tutors’ feedback

Summary: Despite my delay of deadline by nearly one week and the festive days off, I received the formative report back from my tutor very quickly. Overall I left an impressive work for part 4 and my tutor thought that I already pre-empted the next assignment 5 and by that I would have completed the course by including aspects required now in this…

Assignment 4 – Self Evaluation

My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts. Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills:  During part 4 I embarked on my parallel sketchbook work to explore and discover the world around me at me work and living place in Switzerland. My regular quick sketches trained not only my observational skills of traditional landscape paintings. I could learn more…

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Assignment 4 – ‘A Constructed Landscape’

I described my contextual research, my initial experiments and my plan forward for this assignment in a separate post at: http://ocapainting1.stefanschaffeld.com/?p=3055 Final Painting: The constructed Landscape (12 segments each 40 x 40 cm – total 120 x 160 cm), Ink and acrylic on primed paper 600 g/sqm Preparatory work: As roughly outlined in my initial thoughts I looked up first my two sketchbooks…

Assignment 4 – A Landscape Painting – Initial thoughts and context

Conclusion and consolidation for my work forward: A landscape is a cultural constructed image. In visual art and especially painting typically viewed as a framed image. For me the question can I embed this in my work? How can I apply perspective in a different way (see my painting in Project 1 Ex 1 ‘Linear perspective‘)? How can I incorporate architectural…

Part 4 – Review painting and sketches

My reflection on part 4 ‘Looking Out‘ Which have been the most engaging exercises? => The most physical engaging exercise for me was Project 4 ‘outdoor painting exercise‘ and as a kind of continuation Project 5 Ex3 ‘Working from photograph (Cloud Sublime)’. The most mentally engaging exercise with surpisingly outcome was P5Ex2 ‘Squaring up (Memories)’. Besides those exercises I find my sketchbook explorations…

Assignment 3: Reflection on tutors’ feedback

Yesterday I had a skype tutorial with my tutor and received afterwards the formative assignment report back. I really liked the kind of tutorial in a dialogue and reflection on my current status, interest, and possible way forward. Summary: One aspect that I am aware of and came up again was how I as a prolific student can stay more focused. My tutor…

Assignment 3 – Self Evaluation

My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts. Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills:  In part 3 I explored more and deeper the materiality of the oil, acrylic and gouache paint. Besides that, I worked with dry pastels especially in my parallel personal project of a daily self-portrait. I enjoyed working with dry pastels as I can easily…

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Assignment 3 – A Figurative Painting

This assignment will consolidate my learnings of portrait and self-portrait painting. Elements that need to come through: handling paint, interpreting my subject, exploration of possibilities in portrait painting, and consideration of background. Initial thoughts: After my last exercise and the concept of modern slavery and human trafficking in context of cultural history I found that I need to take a…

Assignment 2 – Reflection on tutor’s feedback

I received a very comprehensive and constructive feedback that I am satisfied with. Many comments were quite aligned to my own feelings to my works – although I was not always able to phrase them in the right context for myself. I had the chance to have a follow up skype call with my tutor to clarify some topics.  I am…

Assignment 2 – Self evaluation

My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts. Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills: Part 2 allowed me to explore more the basics of colour concepts and visual perception of colour in an objective (I doubt this is possible at all) way of matching colours and tonal values and an subjective way of how to create atmosphere and…

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Part Two – Assignment 2: ‘Interior Illumination’

Aim: To demonstrate my understanding of colour, tone, composition and the development of my technique in my chosen medium. I will build on my learnings so far in this course and consider viewpoint, perspectives, tonal values, contrast, relationships and mood/atmosphere. Finished Paintings ‘Interior Illumination‘: Painting 1: Oil on acrylic ground on canvas mix (60 x 80 cm) Painting 2: Oil…

Assignment 1 – Reflection on tutor’s feedback

I had today a skype call (tutorial) with my tutor and I found it very helpful to interact with my tutor in this way. I reflected on the formative report she sent me beforehand (draft) and this was base for our discussion and her support. She highlighted in her report several topics that at times also went beyond level 1…

Assignment 1 – Self evaluation

My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts. Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills Materials:Throughout part 1 I learned more about transparent and opaques mixing and painting techniques. At the beginning I struggled to make them bold enough. The assignment piece however allowed me to investigate and explore further both techniques in a meaningful sense. I found an…

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Part One – Assignment 1: A finished representational painting ‘Pebbles’

With this assignment I want to answer some questions that came up during my previous exercises: – When to apply opaque and transparent color mixing? – When to create more solid forms and when more atmospheric perception? – What kind of ground should I use? – Definition of value scale: Low key or high key painting? Or middle? – Definition of edges: lost…