I have decided to take Understanding Art as the first course of my degree with the OCA. I plan on concentrating on practical courses for the rest of my degree and don’t want to follow an art history path but think that what I learn over the next year will be really helpful in my future learning. Having no formal art training other than GCSE (nearly 20 years ago) I want to get some background knowledge and lots of practice in annotating, writing and thinking about art.
I have decided to do an art degree for a few reasons. Firstly because I finally have a vague career plan and would love to be able to teach art at some point in the future (I am currently a further education teacher working with young people with special needs and teaching literacy numeracy and ICT skills). This ambition is another reason for choosing Understanding Art – the theory skills would definitely be useful if teaching the subject.
I have also decided to do this art degree as I have spent the majority of the past 10 years studying and 2 years ago achieved a First Class Honours Degree through the Open University. After a bit of a break I need to do more learning but fancy something a bit more fun. When I left school my plan was to study art and eventually go to art college but life got in the way and instead I dropped out of college after 6 weeks and went to work in a factory – I’ve got back round to it at last! Again having recently completed a degree has influenced my decision to take Understanding Art – I am interested in finding out how to write academically in a different style and for a different purpose.
At the end of the course I hope to have a lot more knowledge about the subject than I have now. I also hope that I will find out I already know more than I think!
I want to be able to confidentially recognise different architectural styles - to tell the age of buildings or know the styles that have been used in designing them.
I can currently identify some artists work or styles. By the end of the course I want to be familiar with a range of artists from different periods and know a number of their works. I hope that I would be able to visit a gallery and recognise major works and be able to classify other works by age, style etc.
I want to become confident in annotating as this will be particularly useful when working on my logbooks in my future courses. I want to have a mental checklist of the questions to ask myself about any work I am looking at whether I am formally annotating it or not.
As the course progresses I want to become more confident in deciding which styles of art I find most appealing. I hope that I will be able to identify what I like and don’t like about different works which in turn will help me to find my own style when moving on to practical courses.
Overall I hope that I will enjoy the course even if I find some aspects more challenging and that I will complete all the projects collect all the postcards, make all the visits and get all my assignments in. Through doing all of the above I hope to go for accreditation and pass.