Tutor report for Assignment 2

Tutor report for Assignment 2

Formative feedback

Student name

Clara Maciulis

Student number



Drawing 1: Drawing Skills

Assignment number


Type of tutorial

(eg video/audio/written)


Overall Comments

Thank you for submitting your work via blog. You have been incredibly prolific in your making in this section of the course, well done. You have an open and enquiring mind and the foresight to see the potential in everything. As a result you have produced a large number of experimental works. You said yourself for this section you went wide rather than deep, going forward to the next part really evaluate what you have made here and try to develop the successful elements in the next body of work.

Here I need to review and deepen instead of throwing myself into new experiments . I will need to start by understanding what went well and what is not really worth pursuing right now.

Assignment 2 and 4 Assessment potential

I understand your aim is to go for the Painting Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to pass at assessment. In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.

Feedback on assignment

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

This part of the course is all about close observation and interpretation. You have shown a level of discernment in your decision making and thought processes and a willingness to

take risks, continue to work in this way and you will produce thoughtful compositions and through your understanding of materials your ideas will be realised and refined. A variety of approaches and methods will serve you well as you progress. You understand the importance of preparatory work and are beginning to find a way for your research to feed into your course work, learning through doing and making.

Yes, I need to develop the preparatory work more, as well as connect the research to the exercises and the doing more clearly.

In terms of your research try to say more on ‘why’ rather than ‘how’. There is a guide to looking at artwork on the student site h ere which will help focus your contextual studies.

I won’t comment on everything you have produced, rather I will generalise and pick out specific points to focus on using the criteria.

Demonstration of technical of visual skills.

Working from real life you are improving your observational skills all the time. You are beginning to develop composition through preparatory studies, continue to work in this way, if you feel you are spending too much time ‘figuring’ stuff out, work smaller using thumbnail sketches and a viewfinder. There is colour, vibrancy and energy in your work, aesthetically it is pleasing for a viewer and I do get a sense of ‘you’ from the work which is great at this point.

Be careful of being overly illustrative, heavy outlines can do this.  ( This is good advise, I must definitely avoid this more) Whilst you can interpret things in your own way, certain things still need to look right. Have look at Van Gogh’s room for example. (Oh yes, I know this , am trying hard to make things look right, but thats just not very successful just yet..)


You have a love of colour but were surprised by how well the orange and blue worked together, these colours are complimentary, do a bit of research into the colour wheel and colour theory. It may allow you to make informed choices more quickly and save you some time. Yes! Am already looking at Rudolph Steiner’s color theory.

Your Scandinavian still life works well, the muted tones with the pop of red is effective, it has a similar feel to the unfinished/finished drawing with the coloured cushions and biro cup and saucer. Again the juxtaposition of the brown paper on your pots and glasses drawing works well, however the rest of the drawing isn’t as strong. It is more of an illustration than an observational piece.  ( This is good to hear- it is true that I tend to fall into some a little cartoon like illustration often, without noticing it myself ) As you continue to explore this technique you will get better at discerning what you should add and what you should take away, but it will take time. For example the bag and chair piece, I think if you left it at the stage below it would have worked better, there’s a strong sense of absence with the back turned to the viewer in its unfinishedness. I have a tendency to finish the drawings too much, will definitely explore this finished/ unfinished more in depth.

The row of carrots on brown paper piece that you made is a successful drawing. Your description of one of the carrots being like a pair of legs is humorous and there is a narrative to this piece because of that. They almost remind me of synchronised swimmers legs sticking out from the water. That aside, the subject matter and surface complement each other, the colours work well and the composition is nicely balanced.

The Taiwanese dinner piece is another good experimental drawing and I feel like the Thiebaud pieces work well with this too. It is good to consider the negative space in your drawings as you work out your compositions. Negative space!

These cropped bowls are really effective as a little series. Although there are elliptical issues, the colours, composition and the way you have executed them is great.

Your papaya’s as a series like this would work also. You could play around with zooming in tighter etc. ( I like the idea of exploring series)

For this section of the course you produced many experimental works rather than refined drawings. Going forward to the next section carry on this enquiry but try to take what worked through to making some more finished works. I will choose less subjects and explore them more in depth, also with more preparatory work.Practice creating tonal variation with a variety of media to avoid relying on heavy outlines. YES! 

Quality of outcome

You have tried out a range of surfaces and materials to work on and reflect well on your choices in your blog. I really like that you are collecting newspapers from your travels ad using these to work on. I would love to see you pursue this further. You admit to struggling with the sketchbook element this could be a solution. Continue to collect and request these newspapers (perhaps from your fellow students) and draw on them, fashioning them together at the end of the course in the form of a sketchbook. I love your idea of a visual travel diary, definitely do this!

I love the freedom the idea of the newspapersketchbook gives !  Will pursue this!

Demonstration of Creativity

You are certainly not lacking in imagination or risk taking, keep this up. Be careful of getting stuck in a certain way of doing things, you latched onto portrait style and an almost foreshortening view with long shadows for quite a few pieces. You allowed your research to feed into your work for example Georgia O’ Keeffe’s cropping and Wayne Thiebaud’s minimalist compositions.I think you should explore negative space further as you try to make that relationship between refined and unrefined work. For example the paper objects/paper dolls one is interesting but there is a bit too much going on. These pieces reminded me a little of Matisse’s cutouts, the cushions reminiscent of the squares on the Snail. Have you thought about investigating collage within this idea?

I love that idea!

Also you mention carrying around a bit of driftwood and beach debris for ages until you found time to draw it, why not make a site specific work with these, a temporary drawing that you could document?

I love the freedom and multitude of possibilities that open up when using newspapers, collage, and temporary drawings can all be part of the process!


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

You sketchbooks are a place for you to unleash your imagination. Do try to work from real life and if this comes in the form of your travel diary and newspaper drawings this is fine, a sketchbook doesn’t need to be ready made.


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

As I’ve mentioned previously you have allowed your research to feed into your making, continue to do this. Remember I don’t need a biography of the artists you look at at. You’ve actively visited some galleries as well, being well travelled allows you to see a variety of works in different settings, be sure to take advantage.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis
Your learning log is clear and navigable. Not all images can be enlarged through a click though, if possible make this happen going forward, when relying on viewing images on a screen it’s good to see them close up. ( will research how to do this) You reflect well on what you are doing and why which is really good.

Suggested reading/viewing


In terms of the unfinished/finished, abstraction v realism side of things have a look at the likes of Ritchelly Oliveira, Angela Fraleighand Dominque Fortin.Look at Matisse’s papercuts and explore negative space further. With relation to your newspapers check out Tina Berning’s‘100GirlsonCheapPaper’andoneforperspectiveAlyssaDennis.

I look froward to exploring the works of these artists that are all new to me!

Pointers for the next assignment

  • ●  Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.
  • ●  Sketchbooks
  • ●  Develop successful elements from experimental pieces into more refined work in the

    next section

  • ●  Say more on why rather than how in your research

    Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment. Written or video/audio

    Well done, I look forward to your next assignment.

Tutor name

Joanne Mulvihill-Allen


24 September 2016

Next assignment due

7 January 2017

I feel really encouraged and inspired by this report. I always TRY to sketch more realistically from life and then tend to stray away and experiment instead and was insecure if I am too far away from the required coursework. I feel like although Joanne’s report points out how important it is to learn more technique and where to work, it leaves a lot of room and freedom to experiment with newspapers, collage and even temporary drawing.

Excited to start Part 3 ( despite the perspective exercises looming… ) 🙂


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