Here are 5 invented statements from fictitious learning logs. Have a read of them and see what you think:
1. Lovely day so made up a flask and put my paints in my rucksack. Had a great time painting in my local churchyard.
2. Painted in local churchyard. Used sponges instead of brushes – great fun.
3. Churchyard painting using different tools. Interesting to experiment and try new things. Sponges make nice evocative marks.
4. Churchyard. Part of ongoing investigation of tools / markmaking. Sponges expand range of marks – more scope for wider vocabulary. Research Expressionism / Ab Ex (ask tutor name of surrealist / frottage man). NB Piper = churches.
5. CY – Is gesture more ‘authentic’ AbEx / PModern? C Greenberg R Rauschenberg. Remember depth. Contradiction btwn surface and illusory space – how resolve? (ask tutor). Don’t overstate architectural detail – focus on main planes and light.
Now have a look again at the assessment requirements for each grade. Become an assessor and see which grade you are able to give for each student from the evidence here. You might like to think about what grade you would give the student at level 1 and then what they might get at level 2 or 3.
F. Inadequate research or evidence of critical thinking.
E. Limited self reflection or research, and no analysis or synthesis of information
D. Variable levels of self reflection and research, and poor analysis and synthesis of information.
C. Evidence of self reflection and research, and satisfactory ability to analyse and synthesise information.
B. Articulate and self aware, good range of research, demonstrating a developing intellectual understanding.
Of course you only have a snippet here, so it is very hard to judge. Why not open up your own log now and read an extract? How does your own log fair in terms of evidencing your research and critical thinking at higher education level? Don’t be alarmed if you are at level 1 and have never written anything like this before. Ask your tutor for advice and take notice of any specific feedback you are given. Check out online logs of more able students for a feel of what you should be doing. More than anything, enjoy your log; enjoy your journey through the great ideas of art history and your developing relationship with your own practice. The illustrations in this blog are pages from the sketchbooks of Berthe Morisot.