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Presentation and Organisation

There was a very pleasing level of interest in Jose’s photography presentation for assessment videos, so here as a follow up for fine art students is tutor and assessor Jim Unsworth talking about presentation and organisation of work. As with Jose’s videos these pieces were recorded as advice, not instructions. Feel free to make your own minds up about what serves best to show your work to the assessors.

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    • This video is very welcome ! As A History of Art tutor I often find students have difficulty with ‘how’ to present work and this video will be very helpful for them. It highlights presentation expectations (of Assessors and Tutors) and links across to the purpose of sketch books and logs as supporting materials. It seems to be very popular at present to believe that sketch books and logs are all that is needed for Assignment/Assessment submissions.
      Thanks again Jim.
      Susan Clay

    • Absolutely agree – was starting to worry a little about what was expected, now have a very clear idea of what I need to do! Thanks so much!!!

  • This is excellent and very helpful. I posted a comment asking for this after Jose’s similar video so I very pleased that OCA has listened. Thank You.

  • Susan beat me to it, knowing the best way to mount the many small pieces of textile would be very useful; they are very lumpy and variable! More for textile students in general on the blog would be most welcome.

  • I agree, a really useful resource. Have already sent my work off for July assessment, but some useful points to bear in mind for the future.

  • “Feel free to make your own minds up about what serves best to show your work to the assessors.”
    I’m really pleased to read this particular sentence there too.

  • Excellent thankyou – I snap Anne’s comment above!
    One question though springs up –
    Assessors are interested in our work and processes in the log book so could it be OK to only send an example of the contextual research and gallery visit sections because this is two thirds of my writing equalling about 6 A4 books?
    I could then re-type writing the assessors will actually want to see connected with my paintings?
    Only a thought but it could be useful to me in the future and how I set out my logbooks.

  • This is a great help,thanks! I’d love to see more examples of how different students present their work and how they organise their logbooks and sketchbooks.
    Thanks again!

  • Very informative, but were the final pieces surface mounted not window mounted? Sticking them on to backing card devalues the work and is not recommended by the Fine Art Trade Guild.

  • I found both the Fine Arts films useful and interesting – when I could tear my attention away from the intriguing wall diagrams in the background! Monkey mind, I’m afraid.
    I am picking up on Diana’s comment about the method of mounting as this is the area I really struggled with when preparing my work to send. I am at least clear from this video that something lighter than the mountboard I used would be acceptable and I’m sure this will help to reduce the cost of sending. It is so straightforward when you can just see the examples rather that trying to work out what someone’s verbal description really means.
    I tried different means of mounting material and in the end effectively wrecked one print by overdoing the heavy double-sided tape and so I have found out the hard way the wisdom of what Diana says. I looked on the internet and in the library and discovered there is a gap in the market for guidance on the physical aspects of mounting and securing work. This would make a valuable prequel to the videos that have just been made. Probably aspects seem obvious to anyone who is experienced in this area but coming new to it I was at a loss on questions like what adhesives if any would be best to use and what to avoid at all costs. And even window mounted items still need to be secured by some means.

  • I agree with the above comments from roberta. I’m in the process of getting my work ready for assessment, and am stuggling a little. The video is helpful.

  • I have sent in Window mounted final pieces (watercolours) and (on the recommendation of my first painting tutor) preliminary work surface mounted on cartridge paper. Last assessment the cartridge paper surrounds were slightly damaged on return from OCA, possibly because the volume of work was large for the portfolio case.

    • Oops, should also have said that I thought these videos were very well done – clear and to the point. Jim’s comments reminded me that I once received a piece of someone else’s work after an assessment. It was labelled on the back with the students name so I was able to return it to Barnsley, and I guess it eventually ended up with its rightful owner !

  • As my husband is a Fine Art Trade Guild Commended framer we are very aware of bad mounting/ framing ruining art work, believe me we have seen a lot! Perhaps someone from the guild could give some guide lines?

  • Sounds good to me, Diana. Any informed comment as a “prequel” to the assessment videos would be welcome.

  • My Tutor, Jacqueline Watt, was very helpful when it came to selecting work in advance for submission. I used A1 150g paper/card to mount the pieces with small pieces of double sided sellotape – which can be removed quite successfully later if required. I flagged relevant back-up work in sketchbooks with fluorescent ‘tabs’ sold for this purpose.

  • How about over seas students like my self with a horrid malaysian postal service from Sabah Borneo
    I have only the choice to send my work on DVD as printing and presentation here has gone through the roof.
    However for future work this is helpful Thank you My logs and what sketches are asked for are on my google blog.

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