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Video Transcript, Natalie Linn

When I was in high school, I was tasked to create a dragon out of clay for my art class. I did the assignment, I turned it in, and it looked nice, but my art teacher sat me down afterward and looked at me like “’You can do better than this.’

I realized that yes, the dragon was adequate, but if I had pushed myself with the assignment, I could have made something really cool, but I had chosen not to. I was confronted with the fact that up until that point, I’ve been resting on my laurels.

So, after that critique, I was able to acknowledge that I needed to push myself forward in order to get better at art and it really helped me in art school. I brought an illustration piece to draw in class one day for crit and my friend did as well. We had spent the whole weekend working hard on these pieces and we were excited to hear back from our classmates about them.

Even though the crit was going along and everybody was getting extensive feedback, we didn’t really get any comments on our work. We got, maybe, two comments from our classmates and then whatever the teacher said was so insignificant, I can’t even remember anymore.

After class, after this bad crit, we walked out and we looked at each other and we said like, ‘What happened? Why did no one want to talk about our work?’ We felt like it was sort of unfair that because we had gone the representational route, we didn’t get to learn from our pieces like our classmates did.”

Video Transcript, Alex Alemany

“One time I was given this assignment where I had to draw a skeleton, and I decided to be very ambitious, and I drew two skeletons. And it took me a really really long time, and so I was very proud, and I went to class, and I put it on the wall, and it did not go over well for me.

Basically, I didn’t read the assignment sheet correctly. We only had to do one skeleton, but I did do two. And that was so valuable for me to learn. That was my freshman year. And it’s really really really important that you just stay true to the assignment, because later on in life, you don’t read the assignment, or you’re not producing exactly what your clients want. It’s not good.

My bad crit experience was when the professor forgot the assignment, so I basically came in and I was the first person to be critiqued, and he just completely forgot the assignment, and I was just ripped apart in critique, and then I kind of just didn’t know what to say because I figured, ‘hey this professor, you know, he, better than anyone, should know this assignment, so I’m just gonna sit there and take it.’ He eventually found out that he got the assignment wrong and give me a big apology at the end of class, but that was an experience.

Oh my gosh, he was like, ‘this is so bad Alex.'”

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