Starting off

I introduced myself to my tutor. At the beginning I was allocated to one tutor  out of mistake. I was not so happy with that one as I felt he was more into illustration, something that I want to avoid for myself.

My tutor is Doris Rohr (her profile). I am glad about this choice, as I’ve seen that she worked mainly on paper with focus on mark making.

From her email feedback I understand that I can send three out of five assignment online. She also wants to see at least for one assignment my sketchbooks. Well assignment 2 and 4 are the critical ones.

Going through the course material, reviewing time needed and going on with planning.

I think there are more questions open to discuss with my tutor.

Organized my materials. I will work with different media: oil and acrylic and gouache. By that I hope to get a better understanding of which medium to use when and how and why.

Reviewed my visit plan to museums and galleries on my area (Switzerland) and starting to go through it next week.

What I will learn in this unit and focus on in this unit:

  1. I will investigate and explore ideas with drawing and painting techniques alongside recording and selecting visual information.
  2. I will make skilful and appropriate use of media.
  3. I will research and contextualise important artists and movements.
  4. I will reflect critically and perceptively upon my learning experience with discerning decisions.


Further questions to my tutor and her response:

  • Media recommended? Considering e.g. drying time (oil)
    => Oil, Watercolor: Both are more advanced media, they have something in common: transparency, opacity, capability to work with glazes, the importance of layering paint, and under paint, high quality of pigments, both can be varnished
    => Acrylic
    => Gouache
    => Ink: fountain pen ink better than indian ink (latter permanent). Marlene Dumas works across oil and ink in a fluid way
  • Supports recommended?
    => Any supports as paper, found supports, card, board, canvas, including linen and cotton. One can even stretch paper (Korean paper). For oil painting the surface need to be sized, priming not necessary.
    => Sizing:  ‘1 to 15 size to water, soak overnight  put the cold mixture into a heatproof vessel and than into a larger cooking pot containing water just boiled from the kettle. It’s a double boiler principle, a bit like steaming a pudding. Keep stirring the diluted size slowly for a few minutes until dissolved and than you can paint it on any support. It’s economic and useful and much better to learn this than to keep on wasting money on prepared canvas.’
  • Are there size limits?(I will also contact fellow students on these questions):
    => My tutor is happy to receive unstretched canvas in tubes
  • How many sketchbook she wants to see?
    =>  Especially ‘for part 4 (outdoor) as I need to see how you research landscape from observation etc.’, and for part 2 as well
    => there is ‘quite high emphasis on observation in painting. and on colour theory and mixing

Additional background information:
(all from Winsor & Newton)

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