Report Assignment 1


Formative feedback

Student name        Clara Maciulis Student number                     513759
Course/Unit            Drawing 1: Drawing Skills Assignment number            1
Type of tutorial (eg video/audio/written) Written

Overall Comments

Thank you for submitting your first assignment. You submitted via your blog. This is a lively start to the course, your drawings are imaginative, energetic and enthusiastic. You have tried out a variety of mediums and surfaces, this is commendable. As you move through the course vary the time spent from quick studies to longer drawings and continue to explore composition.

Yes, this is definitely very good advise. I will start using thumbnail sketches to determine the composition before spending too much time on a drawing.

Assignment 1 Assessment potential

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.

Thank you! I will definitely want to know your feedback on assessment.

Feedback on assignment

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

For your assignment piece you tried out many different compositions with different objects, some more successful than others. You are conscious of trying to fill the page which is great but don’t be afraid to let objects fall off the page, as you have seen through cropping images tightly you can create an interesting viewpoint. The roll in the yoga mat for example is the most visually engaging element of the drawing, the viewer already focuses on this so everything else isn’t really necessary,


Your fruit and veg drawing is a successful drawing, your handling of the ink is great and there are strong contrasts in tone. The blue/green colour used in the toiletries drawing is a great choice, I have a sensory response to this as it reminds me of menthol and minty fresh breath, appropriate for a drawing with toothpaste. Although the art materials and crystals have a lot of personal meaning for you, the drawings themselves aren’t executed as successfully. As I mentioned before there is an energy to your work, the danger of being overly expressive is that sometimes your work becomes too illustrative.


You need to be careful of heavy outlines in your drawings, by putting in a variety of tones – from your whitest white to your darkest grey it creates more depth in the image. Within tonal drawings lines are created through subtleties in light – a line isn’t a physical object, pretend it doesn’t exist. The line is an illusion created by the differences in the dark areas and the light areas. If you struggle to see different tonal values try manipulating your light source by using lamps and squint your eyes. This is seen in your reflective drawing piece, although your composition is interesting, I think you would have benefited from working more slowly to achieve the contrast in tonal values. Look carefully.

Thank you- I will work on more definition from tone and less by drawing outlines.

As you have learned ellipses are difficult to draw, I admire your perseverance with this, they are something that just like perspective need to be learned and they will take time to get right.


You have picked up in your blog that you are in danger of almost having a production line going with making drawings, you need to take the time to evaluate your work. Utilize thumbnail sketches as a way of trying out different compositions before committing to the final one.


Reflect honestly and take the successful elements forward to the next drawing.


There is a great dynamism to your ‘groups of objects’ drawing and your ‘shadow, lines and marks’ piece, There is potential in this way of expressing form and tone, re-visit this in the next section of the course. Those sort of frantic marks would have worked well on your coconut texture piece which hasn’t quite captured the essence of the fruit. Use these experiments as a starting point in building a visual dictionary. You can refer back to these when you need to need to produce any drawing in the future and want to remind yourself of a suitable technique.


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

Your sketchbooks are other worldly and full of imagination, remember these are also a place to record the everyday and the world around you, given your traveling you must see amazing sights that deserve to be drawn! Think of your Sketchbooks as ‘Visual Diaries’ and as part of a wider activity of collecting and exploration.

I am very happy you advised me to draw more from reality in my sketchbook and already started today!! To be honest drawing otherworldly is a way of escaping drawing what I don’t know how to draw, as imagined creatures don’t require accuracy and perspective, so it is avoiding disappointment. But I needed you to point it out, and now I am on the task to use my sketchbook for the surroundings and just start learning what I don’t know instead of avoiding it. Til now it has been like two separate drawing worlds- the sketchbook and the coursework. Thank you for pointing this out!


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis  

You have carried out a lot of research in your blog, remember it isn’t necessary to give a history lesson on the artists, I am interested in knowing your opinion and your response to the work, reflect on it much the same way you reflect on your own work. There is a guide to looking at artists/artwork here which has useful questions to help direct your thinking about their work. If possible try to visit galleries and see artwork in the flesh.


Try out the techniques of artists you look at and learn through doing. Always ask why you are doing something and what you would do differently next time, what was successful, what wasn’t.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis  

Your learning log is navigable and your images are clear, your research section is becoming long already, consider ways of organising this so it is easier to get to the relevant sections more quickly.


Perhaps start keeping a bibliography, although you are not required to do any formal academic writing at this stage it is good practice to get into the habit of referencing. OCA use the Harvard system, there are online guides available here.


Suggested reading/viewing


Artists who use a looser, more unfinished approach worth taking a look at are Ginny Grayson, Yann Kebbi and Edouard Vuillard’s drawings. Look at the likes of Rembrandt, Albrecht Dürer and Gustave Doré in terms of the potential of cross hatching.


‘Contemporary Drawing from the 1960’s to Now’ is worth having a look at, as is ‘How to Write about Contemporary Art’


John Berger’s Ways of Seeing can also be found in video form on youtube.

Pointers for the next assignment

  • Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.
  • Try to do more sketchbook work
  • Continue to explore media and surfaces
  • Look at the work of other artists critically

Well done, I look forward to your next assignment.

Tutor name Joanne Mulvihill-Allen
Date 22 May 2016
Next assignment due 15 September 2016



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