Developing awareness through reflection
To Reflect, Review and Refine is part of developing a growing artistic self awareness and the ability to self reflect, analyze and review own development. It is to ask, How have I developed as an artist?
Use the Visual Journal to record these reflections, which can then be added to the Process Portfolio
Reflection on development
- How did your ideas change and develop as you progressed?
- What artists or experiences influenced your thinking?
- What artists or experiences influenced your technique or use of materials?
- What are you hoping to communicate in this piece?
- Would you say that you are successful in this?
- What honest critique would you give yourself?
- What would you do differently?
Try this activity as a journal reflection...excerpts may then be taken and included in the PP. You can find an expanded version of this for students in chapter 5 of my textbook Visual Arts for the IB Diploma
Reflection on self knowledge
Identifying your natural areas of strength will allow you to make the most of them and guide you towards making work that you really enjoy. Use the following questions to reflect on your strong points:
- What are my strengths as a visual artist?
- What techniques and media do I find naturally appealing?
- Do I like to work with design?
- Does my work have a narrative content?
- Am I interested in conceptual art?
- Am I drawn to figurative representation?
- Do I enjoy craftsmanship?
- Do I work slowly and methodically, or quickly and impulsively?
- What matters to me when I make art?
- What artists do I love?
Basic Critique Questions
Answer these questions really honestly, no need to impress...
- What do you think was really successful?
- What has been challenging or difficult?
- What have you changed as a result?
- What have you learned?
Making choices is part of the creative process
For an artist there are always choices: about subject matter, medium, colour, surface, scale, materials, mark making, meaning, presentation, and about how you want your work to be perceived. Each step of art-making presents opportunities for creative decisions along the way. This doesn’t mean that you know what is going to happen in your artwork or what the end result will be. The point is that you take the time to explore a concept through various stages of development. This process includes research, experimentation, trial and error, reviewing and refining, and evaluation (not necessarily in that order).