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Lesson Plans

Studio Critiques

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Mon, 23 Sep 1996 05:00:24 -0700 (PDT)

I was very interested in your comments on studio critiques. I read them
with the same chagrin and horror with which I listened to my daughter's
descriptions of studio critiques in her 1991-95 college critiques. She
talked about students who were humiliated in front of the class. What was
different about her experience and my own, however, was that she and her
piers were a part of the studio critique. Members of the class began the
critique interpreting the art and discussing the success of the piece.

In my experience from the mid 60's, only the professor spoke during the
critique. We sat in silence as s/he told us what worked and what didn't work.

A more humane approach to studio critique are the suggestions that members
of this group have posted. While it is true that students want to create,
it is also true that reflection on what they have made is important to
developing lifelong appreciation and understanding of the place and purpose
of art. Art curricula, even at the youngest levels, should allow time for
reflection and discussion.

I am so glad your comments were posted for all of us to read. Thank you.

Jann M Gallagher
Euclid City Schools