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How to Critique Art: Strategies for Art Teachers & Art Students


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Critique is an essential component of the artistic process. This tutorial will demonstrate and explain concrete, practical strategies for both art teachers and art students that they can apply in their artistic process. A wide range of critique formats will be shown and explained: one-on-one art critiques, small group art critiques, methods for self-critique, large group art critiques within an art class, and more.

For every art teacher, leading art critiques during an art class is an ongoing challenge. Every student, every artwork, and every art critique is different. In the context of any art critique, teachers need to be alert, responsive, and ready to handle any circumstance that arises in the conversation.

Art students have their own challenges as participants in a group critique, how do you speak articulately about your own artwork? How do you make comments that are tactful and that will impact your peers in a positive way? This video provides a comprehensive look at critiquing art.

Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

Casey Roonan, Comics Artist & Cartoonist

Casey Roonan
Cartoonist & Comics Artist

Catherine Huang

Cat Huang
Illustrator & Comics Artist

Lauryn Welch, Painter & Performance Artist

Lauryn Welch
Painter & Performance Artist

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