8.10 am. Exhibition boot up (only two more occasions for this before it closes) and, then, onto the Old College for a day of BA, second year, painting tutorials. De Chirico would have enjoyed the building today:
On this occasion, I’m shadowed/stalked by Tali and Marie — two MA Fine Art students who are undertaking teaching observation as part of their Vocational Practice module. Kamila was our first ‘patient’:
Some principles and observations:
- We paint more than we know! For some artists, intuition and instinct proceed cognition. Nothing wrong with that. But it’s incumbent upon us, nevertheless, to understand what we have done and the reasons for so doing, afterwards.
- The anticipation of confronting a problem is far, far worse than actually engaging with it.
- If a particular process of making a painting feels wrong, then it probably is (for you, now). At some level, there has to be a fit between our who you are and what you do.
- Never say ‘never’! To do so is presumptuous, and undervalues your potential for one day doing what might, at present, seem impossible.
- A solution found to a problem encountered in one module can often be the applied to a problem encountered in another.
- Just one more picture can may make all the difference for the good. So, don’t give up.
Some notable absentees, which one anticipates on the penultimate day of term. My troupe of ‘junior doctors’ and I bundled ourselves off to the Cabin on Pier Street in the gaps for some take away refreshments.
1.00 pm Tracey Harper (née Ms Williams) a former BA student and secondary art teacher at Penglais Comprehensive School, Aberystwyth was the guest at the lunchtime Vocational Practice class. She is ace. As a School, we’re very proud of her achievements and reputation (which I know from impartial report.) Tracey is a fine ambassador for her profession, and provided a vivid insight into the work-a-day world of the school teacher. Afterwards, she showed to my class samples of GCSE and A-Level course work, as well as marking criteria sheets:
A lunchtime well spent. 2.10 pm. A little late … I recommenced second-year tutorials. I continue to be impressed at the general level of maturity among the second year painters. They’re getting to grips with the problems of art rather than those of being a student only. 4.00 pm. Only two turned up for the third-year painters’ group tutorial. Nevertheless, we went ahead and discussed preparations, and the examination process, for the final show. (54 days and counting. But it’s enough time for miracles to take place.) 4.30 pm. An impromptu tutorial with an MA painter to close the teaching day.
7.30 pm. Email catch up, scope report inserts, and further sub-domain association business. One of the sub domains has now been successfully pointed towards a site related to the R R B V E Ǝ T N Ƨ O A disc. The site is, in effect, the CD’s lyric sheet. 9.45 pm. Practice session 2: back to the Fender Stratocaster.