Zoom class: Critique


Students will bring work they’ve done on their own for analysis within the group. Critique is a long-standing tool in every intellectual discipline, artistic and technical. It must be disciplined and systematic, but art is at the same time intuitive and subjective. We bridge that gap by analyzing works based on the standard accepted canon of design elements:

  • Focal point
  • Line
  • Value
  • Color
  • Balance
  • Shape and form
  • Rhythm and movement
  • Texture (brushwork)

These elements of design transcend style or period. Every painting includes them to some degree. The critic must consider how they work together. Do they coalesce into something arresting? What forces are blocking the full expression of the artist’s idea? If our ideas aren’t working, it’s because we’ve run into a problem that another set of eyes can help us unravel.

If you have questions, contact me. The class meets Monday evenings from 6-9 PM.

The dates for this spring session will be:

  • February 19
  • February 26
  • March 4
  • March 11

Learn more about the practice of critique by visiting these blog posts.

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Four week session to strengthen painting skills, open to students of all levels, strictly limited in size.