[237120, A2] A2 Component B: My Best Blog Posts 2016

A2 Component B My Best Blog Posts 2016:

Wk 4 Task 3- Mind Map for Blog- 5 Apr 2016

[237120, A2] Wk 7: Task 2 – Seeing the World: Worldviews

Visual texts hold different depths of meaning depending on the viewer’s degree of contextual understanding. As demonstrated by the ‘myth of photographic truth,’ depictions of subjects in visual texts hold a greater degree of information at a connoted level (Sturken and Cartwright 17). They represent the worldview of a demographic – regardless of whether this was the intention of their creators – due to the environment in which it was created (Osterman). The work is a reflection of the artist/designer; the colour pallet, tones, light and other stylistic choices are born from a state of mind. As such, analysing these elements allow the viewer an understanding of the artist’s worldview, their beliefs, and the ideologies in which they believe and surround themselves with. Ideology is inescapable, as it influences all aspects of life and is perpetuated by systems within society. Therefore, artists and designers subconsciously express the workings of society in their work, informing their worldview.

Works Cited:

  • Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The World of War.” How to See the World. United Kingdom: Penguin Random House, 2015. 101-127. Print.
  • Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 9-48. Print.


  • [237120, A2] WK 8: TASK 1 – Critical & Contextual Studies Tool Kit

[237120, A2] Wk 8: Task 1 – Critical & Contextual Studies Tool Kit

Planning and Preparation:

  • Finding varied types of sources
  • Analysing subtext of what the essay prompt is asking
  • Finding good quality visual texts for references

Writing Skills:

  • Summarising blocks of text
  • Alternate approaches to writing essays
  • Effective paraphrasing

Content and Visual Text Analysis Tools:

  • The definition of ‘visual text’
  • Critical analysis of the ‘myth of photographic truth’
  • MLA captioning of images

Research and Information Gathering Tools and Protocols:

  • Use of the Massey Library Catalogue
  • Use of online MLA citation generators
  • Adhering to deadlines in research and preparation

Wk 6: Reflection on Learning

From a personal perspective what has been the most interesting to you so far in this paper?

I have enjoyed the opportunity to integrate contextual study into the analysis of visual texts. I find it a fascinating dimension to explore within the work of artists/designers.

Think about the content, readings, resources, tasks and approach, so far. Comment on what has worked for you? Why? 

It has benefitted me to see that there are multiple approaches to essay writing. I normally work very well with my own process, however it is positive to know there are alternative methods I can utilise if I feel stuck throughout the process while working under deadline.

What has not worked so well for you? Why?

I have felt that redrafting my work as we were requested to do prior to Assessment 1 did not work well with my methods of essay writing. My preference for the ‘architect writer’ approach means that I place heavy emphasis on the planning process, which in turn means multiple redrafts feel forced and unnecessary.

How have your ideas, assumptions, knowledge and ways of working been challenged?

By having to follow the tasks, my process of essay writing is being challenged. I normally follow a set process in essay writing, and approaching the essay through the methods outlined in the tasks have challenged me to attempt alternative approaches.

What creative approaches have you taken when doing this paper?

I have placed far more credence in the use of visual texts to reinforce arguments and utilise as proof in essay writing.

Explain how the approaches, strategies, skills and/or processes encouraged in this paper be useful to you in your other BDes/BFA projects/modules/papers. 

Working heavily with the role of context in understanding artworks as visual texts has been of great value in my studio papers in my BFA Hons course. By understanding how to analyse works through the lens of context, I am better able to provide useful feedback to my peers and to critically evaluate my own works.

Do you think you have a different or a new appreciation for a paper like this and its relevance to your desired art or design practice?

I feel that it is a solid foundation in understanding the influence of context in reading visual texts and critical thinking for those who have not been exposed to it prior to tertiary education. It allows students of art and design to better inform their art practices and become more effective at analysing the works of others.