i. At the beginning of the year I was asked to teach Key Stage 3 art lessons for a term in the absence of a colleague. Whilst mostly enjoyable and rewarding, it has been exhausting. Hopefully it hasn’t impacted on my uni work too significantly. I now have a week off for half term.

ii. I started the holiday with a trip to George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field, a small retrospective at the Holburne Museum. As an important contemporary, figurative painter, I find Shaw intriguing however, I don’t particularly like his work. The smooth, photographic style he uses deadens the imagery and the accompanying texts are pretentious. However, the exhibition itself was concise and well curated and I enjoyed the way a selection of Shaw’s drawings were presented (another idea for the degree show).

George Shaw,  Scenes from the Passion: The Blossomiest Blossom,  2001

George Shaw, Scenes from the Passion: The Blossomiest Blossom, 2001

George Shaw,  installation view

George Shaw, installation view

iii. I’m getting worried about the amount of time I have left on the course. Unfortunately last week I had tonsillitis and spent most of this week in bed, this week the workshops are shutting early for staff training and the next week there is a group crit... I’ve got a couple of sessions booked in at Bainbridge but it feels like this term’s practical time is already over! I still have over four months until the degree show and a plan is coming together (I will be rejoining Bath Artist Printmakers from April, I can use Bainbridge if I’m in London and I do have some basic print facilities that I can use at school). If I use my time effectively I’m sure I can make a lot of good quality work and pull off a decent exhibition.