This was the first OCA module that I had taken where work is submitted to a tutor part way through an assignment. I found this to be very useful as it has helped to focus on the type of research that I will be undertaking. The tutorial part way through helped to clarify my thoughts on the topic that I wanted to study.
I feel that I have done a lot of background work, finding resources and a lot of background reading which will be a real help as I start to write the essay for the course. The discovery of the Sainsbury Institute for the study of Japanese Arts and Cultures was a major help, the library there (even though it is reference only) must be one of the major sources of information on Japanese art in then country. I am very fortunate in living so close to it. I am also pleased to have become a member of the National Art Library at the V&A; I think that this too will be a major source for the sort of information that I will be researching.
I’ve found that work on the Research module has occupied a disproportionate amount of time compared to the Body of Work module. I believe that this is due to my wanting to be a lot more specific about my research topic before spending too much time on the body of work. Given that my research topic has changed somewhat over the course of the first assignment, I believe that this was the right approach. I will need, however, to give the body of work the full attention it needs in future assignments.
I am satisfied with the amount of background reading that I have done for the topic and, although I will definitely need to do more, I also need now to look at some original artwork. Hopefully with the collection at the V&A, the British Museum and the Sainsbury Institute, I will be able to start to do this over the course of the next couple of assignments.