1000 Learning Journal Entry Formative Assessment

In the past six weeks of constellation have provided me with the knowledge and some understanding into different theories of perception.

How I felt at the start

At the start of the course I felt apprehensive about what the subject was going to be. The question of perception is so broad and has so many different ideologies from theorists. Before my first lesson I thought the subject would be philosophy based because it talks about many ideas and concepts imagine by different people.


With the help of the speaker’s knowledge, research online and books in the library I have had the chance to the research of the Gestalt theory. I found this subject to be really interesting because it talks about the psychological side of perception and how our minds work. As an aspiring art therapist, I think these subjects has been very useful and informative. The basic understand of this theory has also enable me to look more carefully at my own practice. I will know start to think about how yours perceive and interpret my work which will help me to form new ways for them to interact with it. Roland Barthes’theory of “Toys”has opened a window of curiosity as to whether his ideology is true. The idea that children are perceived as a “homunculus”in the eyes of an adult is quite intriguing and when thought about, true. It has opened my eyes to the society in which we live and how our children are unconsciously brain-washed into believing what older generations believe to be ‘normalities’. This makes improvement of traditional societal norms to be slow and challenging.


I struggle to write detailed enough notes during the talks which led to misunderstanding and lose knowledge of the subject at hand. I have found this has limited my comparative skills and so hindered my essay. I have also struggled with illness the past few weeks so have missed a few lectures. I think in the future I will contact my tutor for the information needed. I found the PowerPoints very useful during this time however, most information was not on them because the talks were discussions and so hindering my advantage more.

How I feel now

I now feel more confident in ‘Perception in Practice’because the different talks attended have given me different ideas from a range of artists in different disciplines. I think this subject is important for my career pathway because it looks into how we see our own ‘reality’and how be interpret that which is around us. I feel patients will express their feelings of ‘reality’through their work during their course of art therapy.


I think I was able to link the Gestalt Theory confidently to my practice because it talks greatly about the psychological process and how each individual perceives differently. As a Fine Artist, I feel I attempt this in my own work and allow the audience to interpret it in their own way. I think I have been able to bring a different approach to the theory has it was presented by a designer. As a Fine artist, the theory interprets a different approach of seeing perception because I started to look into the idea of externalisation and creating controversial or thought-provoking artwork to raise a response from the audience. The speaker found this quite intriguing and “an interesting approach to the subject”.


To improve my essay and writing ability on this subject, I want to carry out more intense research and gather more knowledge of other ideologies in order to critique the subject more confidently. I feel I would be able to write a more analytical piece with a better understanding of it, so, in the next few weeks I will be researching more theorists and their opinions on the subject of perception in art. I think watching videos of critiques will help to conform my answers in a more academic way and help to me focus answers concisely.

Questions for tutor

  1. Can you give me the names of any theorists with similar ideologies to the Gestalt Theory?
  2. In what ways can I improve my analytical writing skills?
  3. Are there any controversial ideologies are there about perception compared to the ones used in my essay?

Challenges with reading/writing

I find academic writing quite a challenge as an artist because the way I perceive ‘reality’in the mind is different to the way it should be written in an essay. I think I here to practice my writing technique by reading more academic articles by philosophers. I find I repeat myself and waffle to bulk out an essay. I think I need to be more precise when writing and clearly convey my point with an explanation and example as well as, linking it back to the question.

Ability to make links between Practice and Theory

I feel ‘Perception in Practice’is easier for me and more interesting to link to my own experimentation because my work is conceptual and is a result of my own perception. The subject has enabled me to think about how we perceive matters of ‘reality’and has made me think about how I want to show the world my interpretations. Not only this, but I am starting to notice more around me; matters I wouldn’t have given attention to before the start of this term. I feel the subject has broaden my visual perception and therefore, improving more creative ideas and themes.



Key Posts


Practice based Research (Lab Ideas)

Chosen image and my initial ideas

Does the research group affect my work

Post clarifying where my art is going

Development after the tutorial (choosing post)



My choosing

Danny Quirk (My choosing)

Chosen Image and initial ideas

Gallery visit

Influential concepts during research groups






Development after the tutorial

The personal tutorial allowed me to talk about my work thoroughly with my tutors which has helped me to develop my ideas. I found it really useful because Sean has gave me his thoughts on my work and how I can develop it further. He took me off on a tangent which started to look into holes and tubes within the body. After this talk I started to look at images of Gastroscopy and endoscopy – where cameras are sent down through the asophagus and into the stomach. The images on google search are either very graphic and cringey or animated diagrams.

Level 5 is all about experimentation and developing many different ideas. I was advised to start to make quick drawings of tunnels and holes to attempt to create the 3D effect and the illusion that you are going somewhere through the artwork. I was advised to use charcoal (my favourite) so the blackness of it could form the shadows and illusions desired.

The tutorial has helped me to develop my ideas and concepts and has given me the motivation to continue.

Assessment Links


A post documenting a new or existing skill that you developed during the Material Practice Consolidation Project:

Developing my Skills

–       A post documenting the final outcome that you have created independently after completing the Material Practice Consolidation Project:

History in Her Eyes – Charcoal drawing

Is there fear in her eyes?

–       A post documenting research you have made into a possible Fine Art related career:

Art Therapy

–       A post that documents your helping with the Degree Show build:

Third year Exhibition build

–       A post that documents how you chose to exhibit your own work for Summative Assessment:

Exhibition Build


A post that contextualizes the work you made during the Material Practice Consolidation Project with an artist who is related to this work:

Robert Rauschenberg

–       A post that contextualizes the final outcome that you have created independently after completing the Material Practice Consolidation Project:

Alison Lambert

Andrew Salgado

–       A post about a Level 5 students’ work that you found relevant to your own work, which you saw during the Site Venue Finale:

It really was a Discomfort Zone!

–       A post about a contemporary artist that you saw in a gallery / museum that is related in some way to your own work:

Women in Focus – National Museum of Wales

–       A post about a Level 6 students’ Degree Show exhibition that is related to your own work (This can be the critical piece that you write for Jonathan Clarkson’s Critical Writing Project):

The Fleshy Body – Review of Luke Roberts’ exhibition.



Alison Lambert

Alison Lambert is a charcoal artist I have used throughout my Foundation year. I admire her work because she uses the charcoal so intensely to form extremely powerful ‘in your face’ artworks. The torn paper adds to the atmosphere Lambert is creating by giving it the feeling of deconstruction and reconstruction. This could be interpreted into the deconstruction of the face and how life experience and the challenges we face can cause this.  Lambert uses a lot of compressed charcoal to create great amounts of tone and depth to the work. The charcoal mixed with the ripped paper forms texture and a grittiness to her artwork. The use of white pastel and compressed charcoal forms tones and highlight to create a 3D life-like piece.

History in Her Eyes – Charcoal drawing

After a lot of decision making I decided to change my final independent piece because I wasn’t entirely happy with the eye painting I produced. It didn’t show my skills and I thought wasn’t as powerful as I thought it could be.

I haven’t been able to produce many charcoal drawings this year as part of my projects because I have been exploring different methods of art. So I went back to my roots and produced a charcoal artwork. I wanted to keep the theme similar to the collage work so I found an great image of an older woman who had many wrinkles and a lot of emotions in her eyes. I was fascinated by this image because it reminded me of the experiences and challenges many women have gone through throughout history and what some are still faces.

I find this kind of art is more expressive and shows my feelings on the subject more because I am able to make powerful emotional marks. I made the drawing so it wasn’t the full face to highlight the features and to focus the meaning on the emotion in the face and not the woman herself. I attempted to captured fear and a sense of the journey women have been through over the years.