Go Pro eat your heart out.

Week 4

I think I’m going to start uploading these blog posts on a Tuesday, since that’s sort of like the end of the week for me since with the college days I have Monday and Tuesday off, so it’s kind of like a long weekend. I’m going to try and stick to this routine, as I’m starting to get confused as to when we did stuff in class.

Creative Practise

So Wednesday was our deadline for handing in our PLP’s D: I think mines is okay but I think that I rambled a bit in it but I should find out if it is okay next week :/
In our 3D class we continued on form what we did last week with the clay. I think next week I am going to raise some square shapes in it based on the amount of stickers I took pictures of in Edinburgh. 
This weeks video was based on the theme of dreams, so I decided to make mine entirely first person, and was going to attempt to make it look like one continuous shot which I found out was even harder than I thought. For the first person part, I bolted my old camera to a baseball cap – in other words who needs a go pro?

(Again I’ll need to upload this to youtube. Blogger has a 100Mb limit for video)

This week in printmaking we were doing silk screen prints. this process involves drawing ink onto a silk screen, and then pushing the screen down on to a piece of paper, revealing the image. here are the prints that I made:


This week we were to create another mind map this time based on ourselves and our futures for a task we will complete in next weeks class.

So until next time –



Work and the Cold

Week 3

So I got some part time work at Primark, so I now work weekends and can get some overtime 🙂 I worked this weekend and Monday Tuesday. Also I got the cold, meaning that I haven’t had too much time for art stuff this week unfortunately. 

Creative Practice 

We started to design a sculpture to be made out of clay and then cast in concrete. So we started out by sketching  out what we wanted it to look like and how big it was going to be. I wasn’t sure what I wanted mine to look like, so I looked at some of the graffiti I saw when I was in Edinburgh. I then chose an M shape from the word Miro, (which I am assuming is an Edinburgh gang or something) and began to think of how to make it 3D. For the base I decided to make it look something like a footprint as I am going to start playing around with the idea of legacy.

To make the sculpture itself, we began by making an armature to build up the clay around. My armature is made of two pieces of wood, of different heights to make my m. I then wrapped chicken wire around these and made it curve inwards between the pieces of wood. To make the armature secure and stable, I padded the inside of the chicken wire with paper. 

That was all I had time to do this week, so next will be when the fun begins with clay. 
In our film class we watched two different types of documentaries, one was a cameraman who sat in a lift for hours each day in a set of flats and filmed the people using it. I thought it was really interesting as you got to see different people stories and personalities coming through, even if he was only talking for them for two minutes. Also you got to see people open up to him more they saw them in the lift, as at first most people were a bit stand offish, some even refusing to get in the lift while he was filming. 
The next video was The King of Kongs, which was a documentary about the people who hold the record for the highest score in different arcade games. The main story was of one guy who was trying to beat the highest score in Donkey Kong. We didn’t watch all of this, it was mostly just to highlight the different ways of doing a documentary, with the first one being very artistic and only in the one space, but with multiple shots, and the other being a very traditional style, with the bulk of it being interviews all done in the same way. 
We were then to go off and film different spaces around the college. I chose the revolving door and filmed people going in and out. Our homework for the week was to make a video diary of the next few days with the theme of happiness, and here’s mine:

(I’ll need to upload this to youtube and then post a link here, so stay tuned ;))

To make the backgrounds more interesting for my graffiti pictures, I used acrylic paint to try and give the impression of a wall, just to give it a bit more texture, and get it away from just the plain white sketchbook paper.

These were the graffiti pictures that had graffiti written mostly on walls, I put the graffiti on bins and electricity boxes and bins in other pages.

 There was also a fair amount of stickers and labels stuck to these as well as lamp posts, so I thought that these should be classed as graffiti as well.

Last week’s homework was to do a piece that featured scraffito and frottage with one of the themes of fear, danger, lust, jealousy and happiness. I chose fear (although it could maybe be classed as danger as well)

I thought that arachnophobia is a pretty common and well known fear so I decided to paint a spider.
I used frottage for the background; I did a pencil rubbing of a sanding belt, just for texture. 
In the photograph I was working from, the spider had two stripes on its abdomen, and so for scraffito I scratched away the pain to reveal the red ink I had used as a background.
I chose red because this is a colour I associate with fear and thought this was relevant because of my chosen theme.

In the class itself we were shown how to do mono typing. This is a printing technique where ink is rolled on to a piece of perspex and is then placed in a mangle with paper on top of the ink to leave the impression of the ink on the paper. With this technique you can roll different colours of ink and place bits of paper etc (nothing too sharp or you’ll break the mangle or the covers on it ;)) You can also put the paper through multiple times to build up layers. Here’s the one that I made:

Mine is based off of graffiti that I took pictures of in Edinburgh. I feel the final layer I added, I made the ink a little too thick, so the colour stands out too much. I like the effect adding the different layers gives the print.


We listened to a lecture by Marcel Duchamp and were then to create mind map based off the lecture whilst listening to it again, and were then to do the same thing a third time, but relate the second mind map to our multiples project. I found out in this class that my mind maps aren’t exactly organised and are more like unorganised chaos.
In this class we were to go through our successful and unsuccessful moments in our life. We also than had to fill out a creative personality questionnaire.

Contextual Studies

This week we had a focus group on designing a Scottish Super hero.

And that’s all for this week, until next time 🙂

Roisin – x

Edinburgh Trip

The bulk of my photos are of graffiti seeing that is what I am planning on to do my work on.

 I also discovered the story of Barry. 

I’m assuming that this was from a stag do or something, but still, poor Barry.

I also took other pictures that weren’t to do with my theme, but got me into the habit of taking pictures and looking for things to take pictures of.

I also went through Mary Kings Close with some other people, because my theme wasn’t fully established yet, and Just to see if I drew any inspiration from anywhere. (No photos, 😦 Sorry )
I also went through Greyfriars Graveyard again just to see if there was anything I hadn’t thought about. (Although most of the pictures I took were of a crow, I may have got a bit trigger happy with the camera)

After this some of us went to TGIFs for something to eat, so in all it was a productive day 😉

I really enjoyed the day out taking photos and it really helped spur my mind on to thinking about my theme. I think the highlight was definitely the story of Barry 🙂

Anyways, until next time –
Róisín -x


Not much to report this week, as I’m going to do a separate post on the Edinburgh trip.

This week in Creative practice I mostly just did some research ahead of the Edinburgh trip, as it’s hard to much of anything until we’ve actually been. Right now I’m thinking of looking at graffiti and the people who did it. I was thinking of maybe looking at the marks we leave behind, be it deliberate or accidental and also the idea of legacy.

Also I forgot to post the finished product of last weeks video so here it is 🙂 (sorry for the crappy quality, but it was recorded on my phone and I may or may not have got a bit excited about the transitions.)

We then went around different areas of the college recording sound and will put it together with images for next week.

In PDP we looked at coming up with multiple solutions to the one problem, so that we are able to choose the best one that fits. I thought more about what I want to do with my project and have almost written off the theme of religion entirely, mostly because ~I think I will have more fun with it, and won’t waste time doing pointless research, and get on with physical experimentation.

In Contextual Analysis we looked more into the idea of knowledge and power.

So see you soon for the Edinburgh post, expect loads i phoaties 😉

Roisin -x

Back for another year!

Week 1

So first year is over and done with, so I’m back for round two 🙂

I’ve learnt a lot since last year, one of the main things is to stop wasting time, and try and get things done as soon as possible. So I have made a plan of when I’m going to do things so I have plenty of time to finish things, and still have a social life at the end of it. I’m really going to try and focus a lot more this year and put more effort in. One of the changes I’ve made is I’m going to start getting an earlier bus to college, so I turn up early, so I can work on things before class. I also bought a bigger bag, so I can carry more supplies into college so I can work on things in class, instead of putting it off until I get home. Also I bough a new camera, as I am planning on taking more photos this year, and am also going to invest in photoshop.


This class was mostly dedicated to introductions to each other, since new people have just started college, and also people have came form HND classes, and to the lesson plan for the year and we also looked at reflection.

Creative Practice

So we got our first brief, which is ‘Multiples’ and during this we take a trip to Edinburgh for research.
I think I’m going to like this brief, since this is my only studio class, meaning I will be able to focus entirely on this brief and not have to keep going between different ones.
I have been thinking about a few ideas for this brief including religion, people, and also graffiti, but I’m not going to focus on one at the moment, until I’ve been to Edinburgh and took some videos and photographs.

In our film class, using anything that could film, eg our phones, we were to capture different things around the college. First we were to film three separate areas around the college, we were then to film someone else doing some thing, and finally we were then to film three objects and keep the camera static. After this our homework was to edit all our footage into a one minute video using windows live movie maker. I’ve used this programme once before, so I knew what to do, like how to trim clips, and how to apply transitions. Since I was using my phone the video quality is pretty terrible, and there is virtually no sound to the video, but this was only an introduction to a class that I am looking forward to this year.

In our painting class we had a little pop quiz! It was mostly questions on paint, colour, artists and techniques. This quiz showed me that I need to look at more artists (and actually remember their names, as I tend to forget them) and also pay attention to the pigment names of the paint, rather than just picking up the first one that I need, as this would be helpful in the future. I also learnt what ‘Scraffito’ and ‘Frottage’ are. Scraffito is when you use oil pastel as a base and then paint over the top of it and then scratch into it to reveal the pastel underneath. And frottage is basically a posh word for a rubbing.

Contextual Studies

First we looked at the run down for this year. I think this year is going to be better, as it looks like we will be more prepared for the essay and the presentation, as this time around we have two drafts to hand in before the final submission, which I am quite glad about. In terms of what I am going to write about this year, I am not entirely sure. I want to stick to a similar theme, but not necessarily the same one. Last year I focused on Hitler’s degenerate art show and how he used it as a propaganda tool. I think this year I want to look more at censorship in other ways or areas. For instance there is modern day censorship, and Stalin also used art as propaganda, who I also mentioned in my essay last year. Anyway I have a few weeks to think/ start panicking about that.
We then looked at Knowledge and Power, and the lecture mostly focused on Michel Foucault’s theories on how Knowledge = Power during the 18th century.

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this year,
See you soon 🙂
– Róisín -x

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