Critiques are an important part of learning in the visual arts. But putting oneself and work into this arena can be an intimidating experience.
Ground rules and ‘why’ questions regarding decisions in the making of the art, or choices of material or context, are example questions that will ultimately help students improve their sculpture.
Asking students to talk about the research, concepts and decisions that went into their sculpture is vital, as we strive to understand the origins and meaning in the work.
Due to scale, weight and the use of a common space, sculpture demands that we all work together. This philosophy is emphasized in critiques where attempts to understand each other’s work occurs in an atmosphere of collegiality and respect.