Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Gesso Demonstration 14/11/2011

Evaluation of Methods & Materials: Introduction to Gesso & Egg Tempera 14/11/2011

Lesson Plan
Helped me to structure the session, to gauge time keeping, and to maintain an even pace
More beneficial in planning stage: I knew what I was doing and when, I did not need to refer to it
Allowed me to identify what teaching I was doing relative to the students’ learning
I did not run over the specified time slot of 10-11.15am

Handout
Artists Images: too painterly, need to relate to the project brief, the reading list (in handbook) and mostly to drawing

Gesso & tempera recipes: needed to refer to them more throughout the demonstration, i.e. “We will now add another layer when matte, all of this is on the recipe in the handout, should you want to do this later,” and “No need to make notes, its all in the handout for future use”.

Delivery of demonstration/teaching
I started really nervously – my first demonstration session, met some new students, had two observers; one of them behind me which was a little off putting
Once we had all moved to the Bain Marie, I became more at ease and so did the students.  We all relaxed into a more informal atmosphere with questions and answers.
Once they were occupied with the gesso and egg tempera painting, I was at a loss as to what to do with myself, and spent too much time walking around and talking to them individually.  Not necessary.
Should have linked it to the project more

Practical Activity
Students seemed really engaged and interested
They seems apprehensive at first, as a response to my nervousness
Good interaction with students: giving them feedback, making sure they were all at the same pace and no one was missed out
Practical advice, tips, anecdotes, using personal experience to help them relate to the process

Positives/Negatives
Negatives: Too nervous at the beginning, need to gain confidence with experience
Relate artists and benefits of gesso to project – I had chosen too many painterly artists and not linked them with chosen reading list
Did not give them further references, reading lists to go away with
A student arrived late; I did not acknowledge her thoroughly.  She applied the gesso wrong and so it won’t work for next time.  I should have welcomed her, asked her to sit down and to go through what we were doing and how to do it. 
I forgot her name and should have asked her for it.

Positives: Good response from group, enjoyed new process, engaged with the medium.  Lots of questions, which were thinking around the subject showed real interaction and attention.
Had a finished painting to show them the desired effect
Natural length of session was good; structure was well planned with a resolution at the end and a follow up session (and homework – sanding!) in November/December (TBA)
Informal discussion kept their attention plus 1:1 chats for feedback on technique and to gauge their opinions
Students cleared away responsively
Organised: had all the materials prepared and at hand

Points to improve
Relate handout to project and reading list
Refer to handout
Give further reading
Next time set up a table for gesso and a table for egg tempera to give more space and room to manoeuvre
Mention health and safety
Engage with latecomers
Be more confident and relaxed
Address students more personally with first names

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