Category: ASSIGNMENT 1

Assignment 1, Assesment Criteria Points. Self Assessment.

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.

I feel as this is the first assessment and I am only just beginning to follow the course it is a hard task to form an Assessment, but I feel I have held my own on most points. I used the techniques and materials taught throughout Part 1, having used Pastel, Graphite and Charcoal in Assignment 1. Hatching was used very finely throughout the assignment, blending when necessary. I didn’t use the dot technique but feel I managed the light and tone well. My observation and awareness went well as shown with the contours, design and composition of the picture. I didn’t like using the mixed media and felt I struggled a little in their mixed application. I also found centring my work difficult, but used a series of lines to guide me which helped a great deal.

Quality of outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.

I think the outcome of the assignment was pleasing as the picture portrayed a feel of delicate indulgence and enjoyment. I felt I applied my knowledge gained as the shading showed varying degrees of tone and the presentation was much better than with the earlier less practiced pieces in Part 1 of my course.
Demonstration of creativity – imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice.

My work lacked a freshness of idea, at this stage I wasn’t really bringing anything new to the table, and my experimentation could have been better. I could of tried thumbnail sketches in the various medias instead of putting most of my energy into getting the composition correct. I have not yet developed my personal voice but feel I am on the brink of doing so. I know how I want something to look, but my application is still not there, nor my skill level. The style of my assignment couldn’t be picked out from the crowd, though I do feel my tone and mark works well.

Context reflection – research, critical thinking (learning logs and, at second and third level, critical reviews and essays.

I enjoy writing my learning log and love the research, but have difficulty in knowing where to start, once I get going I then have the same problem stopping. However I seem to have managed to write clear views and ideas and have enjoyed the process. My dyslexia does cause problems in this direction, as I have to write and re-write until I am happy with my written work. However I do think overall my critical thinking has shown in my log to be readable and shows I am interested and learning something.

Tutor report
Overall Comments

Julie you have made a good start for this course especially considering the unknown levels required which you mention and imply in your personal profile.
There is a slightly varied level of work and I shall give examples of these below.
The assignment piece is especially good and you have also photographed this effectively on your blog. All of these factors make for a very encouraging first submission and it is evident that your are taking the course seriously.

Assessment potential after Assignment 1

Student name Julie Wrigley Student number 513762
Course/Module Drawing One Assignment number One
You may want to get credit for your hard work and achievements with the OCA by formally submitting your work for assessment at the end of the module. More and more people are taking the idea of lifelong learning seriously by submitting their work for assessment but it is entirely up to you. We are just as keen to support you whether you

study for pleasure or to gain qualifications. Please consider whether you want to put your work forward for assessment and let me know your decision when you submit Assignment 2. I can then give you feedback on how well your work meets the assessment requirements.

Feedback on assignment
Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

Assignment ONE
Part One – Feeling, memory and imagination
Project 2 Basic shapes and fundamental form
It is good that you have included your notes on the drawings to indicate what you were thinking showing that these are more working-drawings, where you are learning. However in the Clog drawing this slightly interrupts the efforts as I would have enjoys seeing it without so many arrows.
Exercise Group objects
I think you would agree this is much less successful than many other drawing in this selection however yes it is good to try this experimentation which I would encourage to re-visit as we go along. Perhaps a shift in media would help this.
Exercise Observing shadow using blocks of tone
Worked up into the bottom left – showing a strong sense of form, tone and a similarity to life.
Exercise Creating shadow using lines and marks
Quite a basic piece – not your strongest but good to test out.
Exercise Shadows and reflected light
Good to see you scale up with a fantastic grasp of form, shade and enjoyable reflection.

EXTRA – portrait – this actually feels less confident than for example the previous work ‘reflection’ using the same media. The lines are less contained and the overall quality to detail is lower. You have a people based project to work upon this later in the Unit which you can look forward to.
Assignment One A personal still life
Preparatory work
3 small sketches in the small sketch section. In their placement these become quite disjointed. It would be much better to have a whole sheet of work in terms of decisions surrounding composition, colour, content, material/media tests etc. I have included 2 images of a previous OCA drawing student further along the course as a rough idea for you to see how a whole sheet could work – please note this is simply an example for you to find your own way to proceed.
Final piece
In your blog text – there was a excellent level of critical analysis of this particular work from the beginning of the idea to the final outcome. This is exactly the kind of rigor that you should continue with for all of the sections of the incoming ‘parts’.
The piece itself is soft and has a warm atmosphere to the image of seemingly straightforward still life. However after reading your explanation each of the objects are personal and important to your. You could work on increasing the ‘personal’ within the work in terms of subject/object(s)/images you decide to work on. I think the research from the ‘essential reading list’ will help to inform you and your growing ideas.
The crockery in this piece also remind me of the work of Giorgio Morandi – perhaps if you are already familiar with his work, you could look again at some of his use of light and colour working with forms, shapes and compositions.

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

A format point only. I would recommend that you use an actual sketchbook going
forward as singular pages in plastic sheet slightly veil the quality of the work
beneath. It is also fantastic to open a lively sketchbook when you come to the end
of a course full of the journey and exploration of the modes and methods of
working as well as the changing subject matter. Select one or two sizes which suit
you. You can always add flaps/extra sheets of paper in whilst you go.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

This is a very good start – and a useful way to help with your dyslexia straight away. I
wonder if you have accessed the additional support given by OCA for Dyslexic students as
of yet? Lia Harness is the Learning Support advisor who is happy to help –

I like the way that you have put an entire section of the blog for research and
reflection. Make sure that you are ‘reflecting’ on what you are learning; both in
terms of the practical wand the theory work as well as what you have made or are

Suggested reading/viewing

As I am aware of your interest in Botanical Drawing and gardening – I wondered if you were aware of the work of Michael Landy? And his ‘weeds’ series.
Have you managed to get any of the essential reading list so far – a great one to start with is the Vitamin D2 book – which has a huge number of artists with a variety of styles which you can pick and choose from as I am sure there will be some in there which will interest you.


I was pleased with the overall feedback and took onboard suggestions made and couldnt really disagree with comments made except for one issue in my use of paper quality. I am always careful about the paper I use. However I have now started using a good quality Sketchbook and am glad I was told to do so and  see the benefits of being able to look back and see my work progress.

I have read some of the recommended titles and other books that are not on the list. Which will be added to the books read on my blog.

Assignment 1 A Personal Still Life

Assignment 1 was about drawing a still life using objects that have meaning to myself. The drawing was to reflect all that had been learnt so far and hopefully show my feeling for the objects chosen. I was to use various media and chose Graphite, Water soluble Graphite, Willow Charcoal, Compressed Charcoal and Pastel.

The items I chose to draw were Cherry Tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, Rosemary and two pots, one was for Olive oil, the smaller I use for salt or herbs. The pots were bought in Greece many years ago, and are a reminder of some fantastic times spent with family in a country I adore. The Rosemary is from my garden as is the Garlic and although the seeds and tomatoes are not my own, they represent my love for vegetable growing. The wooden cutting board a treasure from the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight where I first got my Garlic bulbs.
I started my drawing by taking a photograph and making several very quick sketches, but decided the still life was not balanced enough. The second small photo is the nearest to the finished drawing. I liked the salt pot better on the cutting board because it gave the whole display more balance. I was unable to draw the still life in daylight hours so used a daylight bulb. To begin with I placed the light to the left side but the shadow was too heavy and affected the whole composition, so I placed the light to the front left which caused the shadow to fall on the wall to the back right of the still life, which gave the composition more balance and the pots a more delicate look. I liked the way the light made the objects softer as the pots are very delicate in nature, their imperfections in shape gives an almost organic feel to them, which is enhanced by the wood grain in the cutting board. I didn’t like using various media and would rather have stuck to Willow Charcoal and/or Graphite, as I didn’t feel the mixed media added to the drawing, but did understand why I was to use them, and although the Water Soluble Graphite went well I was worried when fixing the picture it would run. I did have trouble with composing the objects on paper, but placed a series of lines on the drawing to help guide me. I still think I need more experience at working on placement and composition as I found this difficult. Having said that I felt my depiction of the still life was pleasing, it was very close to the actual still life and I managed to portray the pots in a way that showed their delicate nature, something I felt was lost in the dark shadow of the photographs. I had trouble with the Rosemary on the other hand and haven’t drawn it as accurate as I would like, it dried out over the period I was drawing and I had to use some artistic licence when completing the picture. The other thing I wasn’t pleased with was a couple of soft lines on the back wall, which were from the application of Willow Charcoal direct, I found applying it with a soft cloth worked better. Unfortunately I could not remove the lines totally with an eraser and as the background was pale I couldn’t totally hide them. Overall I did enjoy this still life, as it evoked the feelings and memories within me associated with my chosen objects.

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The final drawing Assignment 1 – A Personal Still Life.