School me in the art of critiques.
September 20, 2012 7:23 PM Subscribe
What are some good strategies when critiquing in a college art environment?
posted by actionpact to education (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been teaching illustration in an art college for a year now. Prior to that I had no teaching experience and never got a master's degree, so I've definitely learned a lot on how to teach in the past year. However, I feel like I can improve on a few things-- among them is improving my dialogue in critiquing, both when critiquing final work and different stages of the process.
My trouble usually lies in coming up with quickfire critiques; I am great when I have some time to process the work and am quite adept at leading a critique and asking some questions for my students to answer and discuss. But when it comes to sitting down and processing the work in progress one on one, I feel like I could get a little stronger.
I hadn't critiqued work in six years, so I was definitely a bit rusty. Part of what's helped is coming up with questions to ask them, or points to discuss-- like asking about the concepts involved, the techniques they'll opt to work with, formal elements like composition and color, that sort of thing. But I'm wondering if there's other things I can keep in mind when I sit down with them, whether it be questions to ask, points to look at and keep in mind, or other ways to critique/point out strengths and flaws in a piece. It's easier with students who are more engaged than aloof, but I want to make sure I can give the best help and constructive criticism I can to all my students.
So whether you're an instructor or a student (or have dealt with critiquing outside school), please tell me what have you found really useful and helpful!
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!