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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mid-term evaluation in my North Island College first year drawing class

Each student in the class drew an independent drawing on a full sheet, 24 by 36 inches, of drawing paper. The drawings were mounted on the wall at a mid-height of 57 inches from the floor, and a 1/2 an arm width apart.
Each student was randomly assigned a piece to critique, and was given 15 minutes to write up notes in her sketchbook.
Then the instructor took 7 to 10 minutes per student work to evaluate the piece. First the student critic read their notes, then 3 to 5 other students were asked for comments. The student artist then explained their theme and techniques used, and finally the instructor gave her input.
The entire process was extremely interesting and useful! The comments from the fellow students were very insightful and the instructor is a true professional. She gave equal weight, attention, and acuity of comments to each student, no matter how accomplished or amateur the drawing.
At the end of the class we all handed in our sketchbooks for evaluation by the instructor alone.
Getting the drawings on the wall.



My mid-term independent drawing.

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