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Critiques

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Brenda L. Bain 904-627-3442 (BAINB)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 18:36:52 -0400 (EDT)


I go my art ed. degree 2 yrs. ago (3 months before my 40th
birthday!). My critigue experiences were not as horrific as those posted
about the 60's. They were just utterly boring, and basicly very
worthless. The general procedure was for every to slap their work on the
wall some way and everybody talk about it. Then the instructor would
give his/her two cents worth. They went on forever with out much insight.
We all tried to sleep through them.
Thankfully this was not the case in one class I took. The
instructor was incrediblly insightful. The critques were diffucult, but I
learned so much from them. After everyone's work was displayed as well as
it could be in a studio situation, he assigned students to do the critique
of another studnet's work. Critiques were conducted over 2 class periods.
You critiqued one time, and you were the critiquee the next. He was very
hard on the critiquer. He really forced you to think, analyze, and
interpret what you saw. He didn't allow any generalizations or cop-outs.
He also didn't allow for creulty or lavish praise. He had us to start with
the strengths and weaknesses. He wanted us to really see and understand
what was before us.
I learned more from going through this experience than I did from
all the other studio classes I had. We were given the responsiblity of
learning to critique and to really take the time to look at what was before
us. I cherish what I learned in that class and a lot of it had nothing to
do about life drawing, but everything to do about art.

Brenda Bain
Pk-5 Art Teacher
Quincy, Florida
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