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You ask for stories of positive studio critique experiences. I remember the
time my professor discussed a collage I had done as a solution to one of our
assignments. He did this in front of the whole class. I felt warm and
wonderful for days. The instructor defined for the entire class...and
me...what made the piece successful. In another class later on in my
studies, a similar thing happened to another student in my class. I learned
more from listening to what made the piece successful than I ever did from
the negative feedback. The only other positive thing I can remember is
having one of my drawings displayed in the room, and having a friend pen me
a note and tack it to the drawing. "Nice job, Jann," it read. How sweetly
rings a kind word.
I wish there were art students on line who would reveal the way studio
critiques are done in college studio classes in the 90's. I would like to
know how things have changed.
It appears to me that studio critiques in the classrooms are not negative
experiences. Perhaps that's to be expected from a list serve with members
who appear to be enlightened teachers, who not only integrate art into the
curriculum areas, are concerned about the safety, and the health and welfare
of their students, but also are sensitive to the emotional needs of their