Week 1 Task 4

Reading comprehension

Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Philippa Bright. “Critical Thinking.” Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1999. 45-61. Print.

This text gives the impression that it was written using a formal and slightly authoritative voice, as though a teacher had written it. This impression stems from the use of personal pronouns such as “you”/“your” which are used in examples to demonstrate a point, just as a teacher would address you directly when expanding upon any given concept.

The text is easily understood yet formal enough to be taken seriously, while anecdotes used to illustrate a point are simple yet vary enough to keep the reader engaged, which makes for an interesting read.


Week 1 Task 3

Writing Task: Response

During the introduction of Mirzoeff’s How to See the World, a few interesting key points are raised.

Mirzoeff compares two contemporary images; NASA’s Blue Marble (1972), and Hoshide’s ‘Untitled’ (2012) which are used as an example of how our visual culture has changed over time. For example; Blue Marble (1972) was the first image of its kind and altered its audiences perception of the world, making it what is “now believed to be the most reproduced photograph ever” (Mirzoeff 3), a demonstration of the massive impact of just one photo.

Hoshide’s “Untitled” selfie did not echo the same social interest, yet it made being in outer space even more relatable to the audience through the use of the everyday ‘selfie’ technique.

This shows us how each image’s connectivity to its audience has had such different reactions and how much the world has changed between times.

Week 1 Task 2

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is the ability to assess different aspects of a given topic, considering strengths, weaknesses and different ways it could be improved. This involves analysing certain aspects in detail in order to gain a deeper understanding of the topic being studied. The ability to think critically about things can alter how we perceive the world, right down to how we take in information or make connections with others around us. This can allow us to gain a deeper understanding of people, experiences and places when we consider the finer details and use them to make connections or improvements, to broaden our understanding of something, or to gain inspiration and broaden our thinking. For example thinking critically about a problem can open up new ways of thinking and problem solving methods, therefore leading to a solution.

Week 1 Task 1


As an eighteen year old student from New Zealand studying a bachelor of fine arts, using images to communicate an idea is a passion of mine, so I aspire to learn more on this topic and eventually finish my degree. My areas of interest include photography, painting and drawing, but I am also open to exploring new mediums and techniques.

Hopefully throughout this course I will discover what type of artist I would like to be, because I am still learning about new mediums, styles, and concepts which combine to shape my artistic taste. Other aspects of art that the artist produces fascinate me as well as just the way it looks; for example the context behind it or the idea itself being communicated. They all create an impression on me in different ways and for different reasons. However a few favourites stuck with me during my art lessons throughout high school such as Jackson Pollock and Joseph Cornell. A few photographers that interest me include Marion Berrin and William Eggleston. Other inspirations to take this course and continue to study this subject include a handful of influential teachers, and fellow students from my high school days.

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Pollock, Jackson. “Number one 1950 (lavender Mist)”. 1950. Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York City. http://www.jackson-pollock.org/.Web. 16 Mar. 2016.
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Cornell, Joseph. Soap Bubble Set. 1936. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum,, Hartford. Www.theartstory.org. The Art Story Foundation. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

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Hamada, Jeff. “Marion Berrin.” BOOOOOOOM RSS. Https://mediatemple.net, 03 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

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“Dust Bells by William Eggleston | Iconology.” Dust Bells by William Eggleston | Iconology. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

I have chosen some of my favourite works from some artists whom I admire. I studied Jackson Pollock during my art history lessons in Year 13, and found the ideas behind his works very interesting. The other artists; Joseph Cornell, Marion Berrin and William Eggleston have all been studied and used as my artist models in either of my painting or photography subjects at some stage. I often found that as I researched their works, their pieces grew on me as well as their techniques being incorporated into my art.