An essential part of learning to be an artist and a creator is developing the ability to think critically and to reflect on your own practice. We will be having critiques once or twice a month, in order to 'check in' and to get feedback from your community.
Although the word "critique" comes from the word critical, this is not an exercise in judging the artwork of others! During crits, we will focus on three areas of discussion:
1) The Aesthetics: describing the artwork visually - its formal qualities (colour, shape, form, texture, space, composition, balance, contrast, emphasis, proportion, etc.) 2) The Concept: discussing the thinking behind the work, the theme, ideas, and process that was involved. 3) The Context: understanding the circumstances in which the art piece was made -the who, what, where, when, and why of the art. We will also speak, here, about the way it has been presented or displayed - and think like curators to make plans as to when, where and how other viewers could (or should) see the piece.