Preparation for assessment: overview over changes to be made after tutor feedback

Updated on 25 March 2017 (Harvard referencing).

17 February 2017. In order not to confuse myself and fellow students following my blog I will shortly summarize here the changes I will need to be making to my coursework and blog to fit assessment requirements.

Minor changes to the whole blog:

  • All my posts will be updated with referencing corrected to fit the Harvard system.
  • Study visits in the area of Salzburg are planned between now and assessment cut-off in May. Reports to be added.

Major reworking of Part 5 of the course:

  • The sequence of posts will be rearranged to fit the sequence of projects and exercises in the study guide. This means that I will take parts from my assignment posts covering exercise work, copy them into the separate exercise posts and supplement them with additional exercises, some of which already exist but I had not considered worth posting in the light of my (failed) approach to Part 5 and some of which I will work on in the weeks to come.
  • The additional exercise work I will hopefully be doing in a larger sketchbook better suited for using paint (given I can buy one), and only there, as my tutor pointed out that otherwise exercise work may be unsuitable for assessors to be inspected within the given timeframe. My annotations I will try and make consistent throughout and more legible.
  • Exercises will not be done with a goal in mind, but playfully without intentions other than observing, accompanied by ample written-down analysis for personal gain in developing my project on shadows.
  • Additional artist research will be published in separate posts and slightly different regarding the conclusions made, with a main focus on information for my personal development.
  • The above exercises and research completed I will go over my assignment posts again and update them accordingly with the new information.

This is the plan and I will be needing to put up reminder signs in my workshop in order not to fall back into old habits. The changes I hope to be able to complete while starting to work on my next course, Understanding Painting Media (Lacher-Bryk, 2017).


  1. Lacher-Bryk, A. (2017) Understanding Painting Media – my third year OCA course blog [blog] [online]. Andrea’s OCA painting 1 blog: Understanding Painting Media, 14 February. Available at: [Accessed 17 February 2017]

6 thoughts on “Preparation for assessment: overview over changes to be made after tutor feedback

  1. maria February 17, 2017 / 10:25 am

    good luck with your assignment.


  2. Anna513916 February 17, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Hi Andrea thank you for being so open about your part 5 experiences in this post and your last post. I did read them both with a huge sense of dread as I have very much fallen into similar patterns of working to you, so a huge reality check for me here. My sketchbooks are very much personal to me! I was surprised at the level of detail you/your tutor felt was missing from your research, you always seem so comprehensive to the point that I have felt in awe of your system. I personally found that posting research on a blog far far too time consuming and I didn’t end up using it myself so I reverted somewhere along the D1 line to putting all my research into a notebook. I am now wondering if that was a mistake! May I ask, did you find large differences between what your tutors expected (between D1 and POP1). I have always thought your blogs as being some of the most comprehensive ones I follow. Good luck with getting together your assessment. I have no doubt that you will pass -= even to my untrained eye you show huge progression. I am also very curious as to what your third module will be! best wishes Anna

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    • andreabrykoca February 18, 2017 / 6:40 am

      Hi Anna, many thanks for your kind words :o)! I am trying to figure out at the moment what there is to learn especially regarding the blog-sketchbook problem. I spend enormous amounts of time writing my blog and as I mentioned to Sue (below) surely the OCA cannot expect from those of us maintaining a blog to have a similarly comprehensive sketchbook (making one of them redundant). I believe the crucial point is that no clean distinction is being made by the OCA between conventional log-keeping and blogging, which is bound to cause problems during assessment.
      This is my third tutor, since my first POP1 tutor left the OCA last year with very little notice. I think that the difference between D1 and POP1 was not large, both tutors were/are open and encouraging. I only wish I had received the information I have now (prompted by deviating from the system) earlier during the course. Hopefully my request for a written introduction to working practices can be fulfilled by the OCA in the near future. All the best and looking forward to following you on this course, Andrea


  3. susan514652 February 17, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    oh dear. this sounds like a lot of work? Are they really going to look at our blogs that closely? Busy people and all that.


  4. andreabrykoca February 18, 2017 / 6:13 am

    To be honest I have no idea. My tutor wants me to have both an even more comprehensive blog along with a thoroughly signposted sketchbook. As blogs are still optional at the moment I asked her for clarification. Surely there is no point in having both, since I scan my sketchbook pages to discuss in my blog. I am confused.


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