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Concepts of a Critique - Studio Critiques


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Concepts of a Critique - Studio Critiques

  1. 1. Studio Critiques
  2. 2.  Understanding of Fundamentals  Familiarity with basic art-making skills is required.  Includes craftsmanship –Take it seriously.  Understanding of Materials/Media  Experimenting with materials is encouraged.  Be open to new materials and processes.
  3. 3.  Knowledge of Art History  Includes Contemporary Artists  Development of Vocabulary  Being able to articulate your concept(s) shows growth and sophistication.
  4. 4.  Participation  Learn to talk about your work  Talk to others about their work  Talk about works of art, in general.  Write down your thoughts before the critique date. “Occasionally someone will say something out of the blue that’s really interesting, and everyone will fall quiet for a moment thinking about it.This is the art of conversation.” -James Elkin
  5. 5.  Objective of Assignment  Understanding of Form, Content, Materials, etc.  Expectations of Critique & Professor  There are no official rules or guidelines for art critiques, but there are a variety of approaches.  Individual critique “time” will likely be uneven.
  6. 6.  PersonalWork  Be prepared for questions.  Don’t take it personally. “A student’s purpose in a critique is to increase her own understanding of what she has made, to achieve some distance from it.” -James Elkins
  7. 7.  Means to an End  Typically, a critique is meant to provide input from your professor and peers on the development of your assignment/project.  Professors will expect you to take in the feedback and finalize work post-critique.
  8. 8.  Critiques can be Confusing.  Stay on track.  Speak with purpose.  Critiques are an Opportunity.  Build Confidence.  Build Skill.  BuildYour Portfolio.  Build a Network of Support.