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  • Show a path of thinking:

‘The logbook should give the assessors an indication of the way the student’s mind works rather than simply be a record of the projects done…an indication of how the student has engaged with the course and the learning process; have they really thought around the subject? Have they reacted to their tutor’s comments? Have they looked beyond the course material?’

  • Reflect on what I view, read and draw

‘a separate sketchbook as well as a reflective journal/logbook’,

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  • Show response to tutors input and include that .
  • Have a wider response to art than merely practicing the craft of drawing

‘Response to tutorial input, and that tutorial input itself so make sure you include it, is very important as is the student’s wider range of interests, do they just do the exercises and assignments or do they go to exhibitions, read relevant books, trawl the internet, explore theory and so on’. Peterjh OCA

  • Self assess and respond to other artists

‘the logbook is also the place for self-assessments and for thoughts and notes about other artists that might be relevant to your work.’ folio OCA

  • Include failures.  They are just as valuable in the learning process.  Maybe more so if I can understand and include ‘why’ and ‘how come’ and ‘how can I learn from this’.

‘For your Learning Log, put anything in there that illustrates your learning progress. The failures can be just as, if not more, important than the successes – just be sure to include what was learnt from the mistakes, such as why you consider a particular image to be a ‘screw up’, and how it might have been bettered.’

  • Consider changing to a paper log.  It may be just as much work.  At least here I have spell check!

‘we don’t in any way place a higher value on online/digital blogs. Paper-based learning logs are perfectly acceptable’.

Paul Vincent OCA

  • Consider Primary sources and Secondary sources for art research. (What this means is below.)

‘Log books should really contain your research on artists, your personal evaluation and evidence of using both primary sources and secondary resources for research. Primary resources means looking at actual work in galleries/museums/stately homes or your first hand response to that work. Secondary resources are taken from books, the web, television documentaries etc.’

  • Include what is relevant to written research

‘Logbooks can contain annotations and drawings by students but this will usually be relevant to the written research. Sketchbooks on the other hand are your visual diaries full of thoughts,experiments,observational studies, thumbnail studies -even poems.’ courseleaderRL OCA

  • Show how I think, how I learn.  Then how I put that information into my work.  How what I research informs my craft.

‘write loads about your reaction and interpretation to pieces of music, not just doing lots of links with no personal content, if you know what I mean. They want to see how you think and how you learn – ie how you put what you’ve listened to or watched into your own work’. goldfish OCA