Reviewing, Reflecting, Refining
The Process Portfolio as a place of self reflection
The Process Portfolio naturally supports and informs students developing studio work, through the exploration of skills, techniques and processes and critical investigations into artists, artworks, art forms and genres. They reflect in the process portfolio on how ideas are formed, on how to make independent decisions that support their intentions for the artwork, and on their overall development as an artist.
In the Process Portfolio students are asked to provide evidence of the ability to review and refine ideas, reflect on their skills, techniques, processes, and on their development on the whole as an artist. In the screen above, Sophie, Process Portfolio, HL reflects on the development of concepts that emerged through her experimentation with materials but also by pausing to reflect, review and refine her ideas. Criterion D refers to the ongoing reflection and evaluation throughout the art-making process.
Criterion D) Reviewing, Refining, and Reflecting ( in both visual and written form)
To what extent does the portfolio demonstrate:
the students ability to review and refine selected ideas, skills and processes and techniques, and to reflect on the aquisition of skills and their devlopment as a visual artist?
Top markband descriptor: The portfolio demonstrates an effective and consistent process of reviewing and refining ideas, skills, processes and techniques. The portfolio presents a meaningful and assured reflection upon the aquisition of skills and anlysis of the students devlopment as an artist
The weakest area of this criterion is that students don't consider or reflect upon their development as an artist. Too many teacher prescribed projects don't allow for the natural revision of ideas and refinement of techniques that comes out of independent artistic research.
Reflections on development as an artist can include evaluating the appropriateness of a technique or media, or how well a work is progressing while suggesting ways to improve a work, or new directions to consider.
Mindmaps and Brainstorming
Refection can also take the form of mindmaps, diagrams, sketches, lists, notes...In the slide from Sumnima, Process Portfolio HL below Sumnima reflects on her artistic intentions, chewing on some big ideas around self -identification, ethnicity and how millenials portray themselves online
Reflect and Review the origin, evolution and refinement of an artwork
Activity 1: RRR on a resolved art work
Reflection and review and refining of a resolved art work for the exhibition can be included in the process portfolio along with an image of the finished piece and process documentation, photos, drawings etc.
- How did your original concept evolve?
- Why did you choose this technique/materials?
- What did you discover during the process of making it?
- What did you decide to change along the way? ( show)
- What do you feel is successful about the piece?
In the screen below Z reflects on a finished piece and how she refined her work over several attempts
Activity 2: Reflect on connections
Choose three of your resolved artworks that you think work well together. What are the connecting threads, the invisible and visible links? Remember that to be convincing there must exist a genuine common ground. Use the following questions to guide you. Write up your reflection in your visual journal or driectly in your PP, using visuals to support the written content. This will help when you come to write your Curatorial Rationale
- Discuss your choices of materials and techniques.
- Analyse the visual qualities: colour, weight, texture, light, shadow, transparency etc.
- Discuss ideas or beliefs that underpin your work.
- What are the influences (from other artists, books, pop culture, the media, events, hot topics) that inform your work?