HomeArticlesHow to Critique | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios How to Critique | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios By Frank Lundy October 7, 2019 Articles, Blog 100 Comments Tags:art, critique, how to critique, PBS, pbs digital studios, sarah urist green, the art assignment Related Posts Badanamu Arts & Crafts EP5: Let’s Draw Curly Artwork – Confessions You can paint this ‘Pot of Lavender’, in watercolours, in 10 minutes. About Author admin 100 Comments Shreyasi Rao July 13, 2016 Lets critique!Um I don't know, but in underpainting isn't covering the initial layer completely a little against the rules? And I guess the chin in the adjacent one is a little different. But having said that, getting the symmetry in the mirror image and inverting is very very hard and has been done beautifully. The shading scheme used in both the adjacent figures is thoughtful. And I think it is a fine piece of work. Reply KAYCEE MILLER July 19, 2016 The different hues used in the faces is intriguing. The one on the right (upside down) reminds me of when people have a "face/body mismatch" when they apply makeup that has a slightly different color than their skin. Although your self portrait appears barren and make up free, it conveys the idea that we have control over our phenotype and image. Reply egguy August 25, 2016 I think that this artwork is good, because the symmetry is quite pleasing to the eye, and I love the dull hues too; and my favourite part is the girl on the left is looking not at the viewer but the right one is, all with the same stern face. I also love the small differences, like the right has a darker neck and darker hair. I do have some questions: Why did you paint two of you, and right one flipped upside down? Why did you choose to do stern instead of smiling? Reply you must not know dick about starkid October 6, 2016 Is the sign off now "Please don't be a jerk?" XD Reply Monique Rios October 14, 2016 What I found most helpful was that she listed the "etiquette to critique," a process where many don't have the format. She also gives a great reminder that critiquing is often most instructive for the person offering it and that a person shouldn't be lazy while giving a comment. It was also helpful because she encouraged everyone to put one's work out there and let it be critiqued even if it makes you feel vulnerable because in the end you will only learn how to do it better the next time. -Monique Rios Reply Jurgens Pieterse October 29, 2016 Anybody want to critically critique my current project? Just curious Reply Adios Epic November 13, 2016 With something that's cut into so many frames, why do you need to read script? Is it really that difficult to speak a couple memorized sentences at a time? Reply Lunes de comida December 28, 2016 i really love this artwork, it is so unique, I love how both you can live together in one painting, like two twins. so simple yet complex. i just love it, love the backgound, love the red glow in your hair, love the face structure, very simetric. you can improve by making a more define shadow, and make them stare in diferent direccion so it wont feel creepy. overall good. Reply German Heart January 17, 2017 I love all your videos I have already seen. You are a great "teacher" . Reply SoloArt Studio January 20, 2017 Very helpful, Thanks Reply Myrk Fælinn January 29, 2017 I usually keep staring at it, or keep going back at it several times. Even the most stupid text messages xd Reply caleb bay February 5, 2017 grr my typing sucks Reply caleb bay February 5, 2017 I get it… your picture of yourself is beautiful 🙂 Reply Crushi! .Music, Art & Love. February 13, 2017 It seems people don't understand that people (us) make things anymore or ever did? I love your video! Thank you. I do think that as a whole population only about 2 percent even appreciate art and ideas and creative thoughts. Reply Crushi! .Music, Art & Love. February 13, 2017 My nieces and nephews love doing critiques at my mom's house with our (all of us) drawings hung up. Reply Josh February 25, 2017 I personally only like to receive critique when I ask for it. Sometimes I really just created something for the fun of it or maybe I'm really proud of something and happy that for ONCE I'm content with what I made just to then get a bunch of negative critique I didn't ask for. If I say "Something is off about this but I can't tell what, could you give me your opinion?" then SHOOT, tell me everything, good or bad (still, don't be mean). But if you really just spot me drawing something and immediately tell me what you think I should do differently…eh…don't. It really kills my motivation. Reply Debbie Mitchell March 22, 2017 Problem with waiting, YOU CAN NEVER FIND THE POST AGAIN! Reply Titus T April 15, 2017 This is so remedial. Reply Crushi! .Music, Art & Love. May 5, 2017 Critique is the greatest thing. We do it in life all the time! Thank you Art Schoo! Reply Crushi! .Music, Art & Love. May 5, 2017 What a great lecture! Please share with others! Reply Anita Pinto June 14, 2017 I think the underpainting result was simple and assertive, the lights and shadows are really well done, very subtle. The draft has beautiful lines, traces are symmetric, except for the nose proportion, but this little difference let me think that each head belongs to a different person, like twins. The first moment that I saw these signs led me to notice the subtle representation of two sides of a personality, something about the contrast of the hair and the neck. The right side is upside down, the colors are darker and stronger. The other one has a delicate hue, it seems to have a kind and benevolent personality. Remembers me the Brazilian soap opera called "Sand Women" where there were these twins sisters "Ruth and Rachel", they had these characteristics and they look pretty much like this painting. The The chosen color behind adds to it even more drama. Reply m m June 23, 2017 That portrait is interesting Reply C. E. Abrams June 24, 2017 Instantly it makes me think of someone living a double life, possibly one in their head and one in the real world? I really enjoy the color choices and use of shadow. 👌 I dig it. Reply MrSuperchicken95 July 1, 2017 Everyone gets suprised when you add the D Reply Abstract Painting Techniques with Andy Morris July 2, 2017 I now have quite a few Online Students and I agonize over giving them critiques. Mostly I just give encouragement with a sprinkling of suggestions. They all are trying very hard and with many being beginners, I'n reluctant to be very harsh. I remind myself what it was like when I first started painting. This was a very helpful video and I'll be sharing it with them. Reply Maku L July 9, 2017 I always love when they offer a, b, c but most importantly the D. /winkwink Reply Spartanofblood July 10, 2017 I like that intensive look. It reminds me of an African saying that says"because you see me I exist"and she seems to look at me from two angles. Reply Sine Somno July 13, 2017 The facial expression of the lady is of a neutral confrontation, a sense of spontaneity is present in her expression but also a sense of timelessness, her eyes and frontal posture echo this. The eyes form a feeling of tension, as eyes tend to be very strong focal points, and the two pairs of them give me a feeling of anxiety, and uncertainty as the two figures are in opposition to each other in direction, it seems they`re both following me. The painting almost seems to tremble. I feel this is a personal confrontation of the artist to herself, how she views herself and how she believes others view her, in the bleak, muddy hues used and the abstract background she sets herself on, her face expresses an intention of truthfulness and neutrality, she does not represent herself beautiful, ideal, nor does she present herself exaggerated in personality, or ugly, this painting is a true representation of what she believe she looks like to others, every single moment of her life. This expression overwhelms the viewer in how it obscures the entire painting, her two faces, one à l'envers and the other right side up, and frontal reminds me sort of a grand tree. Her eyes reflect nothing but a light source, but this short sense of naturalism is in opposition against the abstract background, and how these two figures are literal mirrors of each other. I'm not sure what her intention was but maybe this inconsistency of light was to emphasize more on the abstraction. The shadows on her skin and eyebags also echoes this sense of unease. The lines to me are reminiscent of Mexican mural art but all in all to me this is an awfully truthful and raw painting, a portrait, almost like a snapshot of a first impression of her. The frontal pose, the neutral impression that seems to be in the verge of changing. I feel your intention was to really capture yourself as truthfully as you view yourself. lmao kill me idek what i wrote twas fun tho Reply Hansel Gretel July 14, 2017 Always add D guys Reply Sarah Crookall July 22, 2017 "There's a lot you can say about something without declaring it good or bad." So incredibly true! I find that people get so caught up in their own opinion about a work that they don't engage with it very deeply. Saying something like "Your painting looks like a kid did it" doesn't interact with the various elements of it. This kind of critique doesn't help the artist or yourself. Ask yourself what is being said and comment on that. Ask if your impression is similar to what the artist aimed for. You don't even have to have the same interpretation to find your own personal meaning within it. Reply drasticfantastic94 July 22, 2017 when she surprises us by adding D Reply Jimmy Jimmy July 26, 2017 Let's critique: Not bad. Reply VocalEdgeTV July 27, 2017 Not a fan of most modern art. But you are easy to love! I will continue to listen to the words you make with your face and learn from them. Reply couchmermaid July 27, 2017 I've seen in other comments that you find the orangey neck distracting, and it does command attention, but it made me go looking for the other colors in the composition and I love how the colors shift from orangey to green and yellow. It makes it disjointed in a unified way. I also love how it won't let my eyes rest. I'm constantly darting back between the eyes. Even when I turn it upside down, the one on the right seems more stark and stern. It speaks of someone who at first glance is mild mannered, but the other side of them is harder in some way than most people expect. Reply Charlotte Fairchild August 9, 2017 Why do we not have more women included? Reply Evan Lawton September 6, 2017 Surprised us all by adding D. 😉 Reply Nova Caress official September 9, 2017 There's no ''right or wrong'' critique. It's better for someone to outright say ''THAT'S SHIT!!'' than nothing at all Reply Roll Out StrawBerry! September 25, 2017 First Reply AlPual October 24, 2017 Your self portrait… after spending time with it, it speaks to me as a bold portrait of a single individual as both female and male. It is like looking at a yin yang of the self through the lens of gender. I’m not sure if you meant it in that way, but it is much more “interesting” to me as that than as a simple technical exercise. Technically, I think it works, but the necks seem a bit Mogdaliniesque without fully committing to the absurdly long neck. I have to say, though, I’d like to see some recent work too! Reply Errin Watson November 8, 2017 Why did you choose to put one upside down. And that expression. The red calls to mind passion and the juxtaposition of that with the expression feels purposeful. Reply Phoenix Olivia November 14, 2017 You're so good. Reply J Cheline November 20, 2017 Its cool I think there should be more shading on the neck. Especially under the head. The lack of shading there makes the head seam unatached to the neck, but overall a cool piece. Reply Camila Alvarenga December 4, 2017 I like your colors in your painting. They re very pailed and "sick"… But besides the nose, it does not look like you. But i guess this can be good because it really shows how you see yourself in an unconscious way haha. Did i criticized right? Reply sandeep nandan December 9, 2017 hello help me with my criticism subject Reply Xladimir Xtriminovich December 13, 2017 nobody identifies as a troll, in fact it can be perceived as a form of work in and of itself, trolling, shitposting, edgelords, etc Reply Xladimir Xtriminovich December 13, 2017 for critique the technique of e prime serves well. remove the clause of "x is y" or "x becomes why" from your vocabularity and you end up forced to become more descriptive in your expression of analysis Reply Making Cooking Fixing December 24, 2017 I invite you all to critique my paintings: www.instagram.com/dimitriospopart curious to what you can all come up with. thanks Reply Lachlan Bowden December 29, 2017 Why should I 'be sympathetic to the maker' when critiquing art? Shouldn't I be completely neutral as the person observing the art? perhaps this presupposes the artist is insecure about their art and might influence the critique in a biased way? I don't feel sympathetic to a business person releasing their work, although it may take a great deal of courage. But I don't really know anything. Reply Kateryna Tykhonenko January 13, 2018 I like the bottle in the background. Real art critic Reply Darwin Stead February 16, 2018 What's a more productive way to promote your work, a comprehensive video featuring your work on YouTube, or asking people to visit your website? Reply Peach Swarnalata February 18, 2018 direct, clear and thought provoking, thanks Sarah! look forward to an Art history course if you make one! Reply DickyG41 February 27, 2018 You don’t have to be a jerk to give honest feedback about how something doesn’t work. I suppose it depends on the context of the critique (is it in a school setting, or between strangers, or colleagues), but usually the work of art has an aim, and while it’s important to point out what works, it’s equally as important to say what doesn’t work according to that aim. Of course it’s tricky saying something that might hurt someone’s feelings, but here I find it important to separate the art from the artist. The critique is aimed at the art, not the artist. And if it is constructively critical, then it justifies any hurt feelings the artist might feel. If you’re afraid of telling the truth, what happens to standards? Reply Sidharth Singh March 3, 2018 The painting is nicely balanced, and the slight changes in the colour adds interest.The complementary composition of the two faces is pleasing to look at Reply Renzo March 14, 2018 What is civilized about swearing and tears?Have our standards of civility sunk so low? Reply I L April 4, 2018 I especially like the last idea, which is put yourself out there. I don't like to comment on the internet because of ego or maybe something else. However, I just realize the importance of doing so. It can help you to actually engage in something instead of just scanning. This channel is really inspiring. Thanks. Reply Kevin Downey April 11, 2018 Great suggestions. Reply Kevin Downey April 11, 2018 I am no art expert, but I feel like this piece of art seems to try to highlight how the subject wants to be seen more complexly (from opposing perspectives), but feels like she is not as worthy or as beautiful from either perspective. OR, she is choosing this moment in her personal experience to highlight; a moment that might not truly reflect her complete truth… Reply Virgil Alonso April 12, 2018 Art C. Pursin tho Reply robswitzer96 April 23, 2018 One of the most blatant issues i have as a painter is the abject absence of the critique of my work by others. Honest feedback is valuable. Reply Coty Schwabe April 27, 2018 interesting video. Reply Matthew Fox May 2, 2018 I wish my instructors taught us how to critic in my university. I had to learn how to do it on my own, and this proved helpful, especiually since non of thr students seemed equiped to critic art by their forth year. No one had the maturity to take critism, and could not properly articulate their thoughts. My school sucked balls… Reply sacredjournal May 17, 2018 Thank you for your encouragement to stay attentive. At the same time, "don't be lazy" is not nearly as good a dose of advice as is – "honor the art and honor yourself" or "use your gifts of observation and put energy into it." I also appreciate "be generous" as counsel as well as "be specific." These are great points. You might consider doing a little less reading and just talk to us. Reply Mariam Antigua May 25, 2018 I love the way she talks, she just sounds so well that once in a while I kind of lose attention to the content for a few seconds just cuz her voice flows so smoothly, jajaja, it's a lovely channel, In glad I found it. Reply Nindrea June 1, 2018 Really love your videos! they are very on point and great for educational purposes! Thanks for the content 🙂 Reply IAN THESEIRA June 16, 2018 Being uneconomical with words can be a worrying sign. Speaks of really wanting to pack it in there, maybe it's passion and enthusiasm at work, who knows. Having so much to say of course opens you up to all sorts of potshots also, especially for those who have been primed to automatically react negatively to the kinds of cues that you give out. What those cues are, I will leave to you to figure out. But teacher does come to mind. So on that count, when the cons have outweighed the pros so significantly over the long run, it takes more than a few shining instances to restore your faith in anything, including the teaching profession. In fact, some question the very basic psychological drive of the mentor or instructor archetype. I''d assume due to sometimes poor results of failed students. Past experiences inevitably coloring perception and points of view etc. More so with the extremely polished quality in delivery, (quite effective and well balanced I must say) so not just teacher but broadcaster or hostess also comes to mind. Because of course, annunciation and inflection is as important, as the quality of the substance being conveyed. But what if the spoon has more value that the slurry being fed out? Not that this comes across here. But we're trying to get to the root of these potential biases and baggage that exist in people are we? That leads to failures in critical thinking and valid criticism. To such a degree that some insist that personal opinions are only ever prides and prejudices speaking. In any case, great content and interesting style Reply Neo 0101 July 12, 2018 There is a nonverbal component to viewing art. No one is required to comment. Displaying a work doesn’t need a dissertation. Telling someone how to react, how long to look, is controlling the narrative. Manipulation of the viewer continues to drive the market. It’s ok to just look, for a few seconds and move on. It’s ok to not want to “understand” what the artist was thinking, drinking or doing. One size fits all thinking is fueling a decline in public participation, their getting tired of tip toeing around hurt feelings and being told they just don’t get it. Art will find its own level. Let them look, let them be. Let them move on. Reply Aleah Dodson July 20, 2018 About the painting at the end:.the proportions are pretty much spot on.I like the emotion coming through the subject’s face . I like how the emotion the subject is show is indecipherable, it reminds me of a Rembrandt . I like the background colour, it’s really rich.I like the idea of having one portrait upside down and one the right way up, it’s creative However:.the hair needs to have more dark and light values, or,in my own words, be more “shiny” .the neck of the upside down girl (right) is completely to the girl’s on the left.the skin colour is a bit yellow .you must never shade in black unless you’re doing it the same way comic book art does. I’m sorry to say but the end of the nose and lips especially look as though they’ve been shaded in grey rather than a cooler (therefore darker) shade of the skin colour you were already using. That’s all. Reply Devin du Plessis July 26, 2018 1:20 I said that on your vid about Ai Wei Wei 😁 Reply KateReadsBooks August 14, 2018 These are the best damn videos about art on YouTube. Reply Lena Bussman August 23, 2018 I love your painting because of its dool nature. l like the color because they a not super warm and neither sober by still being serious which l can tell would fit your mood and reflect your personality at that time in your life. I like it because it looks and feels like you. I like that you painted to the edges of the painting with no boards making yourself limitless. It works very well. Wonderful work! Reply Cade Johnson August 24, 2018 Simply channel Ongo Gablogian when asked to critique a piece. Reply Cefri Naldi October 21, 2018 I'm so grateful to find this video. This video is so helpful. Sometimes I always confuse to critic or respon something (mostly about art). Reply Dmitri Strizhov October 31, 2018 I am ready for any criticism)) my paintings are well armed and ready for any war! Reply Peyton Bell November 5, 2018 So basically I can't say a painting is shit bcuz ppl will get mad @ me? 😂 Reply Arledia Arledia November 14, 2018 very insightful .. thanks Reply Henk-Jan Bakker December 5, 2018 The ettiquette is pretty obvious. You don't vent an opinion to be rude. Granted some honest view can be interpreted as rude but in an art setting always keep in mind being rude isn't the objective. That is it. Like Clint Eastwood said:"Opinions are like assholes, everybody has got one." You can either think that it is rude or realize there is no spoon and biologically speaking he is right. Crude but right. Reply Ctrain December 12, 2018 I found this video very helpful and it helped me learn some things that I couldn’t quite figure out! Thank you Reply Theodore Harris January 14, 2019 Thesentür: Conscientious Objector to Formalism By Theodore A. Harris Thesentür: Conscientious Objector to Formalism is a series of minimal, image and quotation based works that uses poetry to confront mainstream art criticism, art history, to look beneath the surface politics of aesthetics and formalism in a presentation of art that is not self-referential or to put a Black face on the art history of imperialism.Formalism functions as the cosmetics of art criticism like aluminum siding on a slumlord’s property. It is an attempt to disguise what is crumbling beneath the surface politics of its proselytizing church bells,ringing, in the mega church / museums and galleries where there are more Black bodies guarding the white cube then exhibiting in it.What marginalized artist know is that canon formation is a battlefield and critical art is the weapon! In the crossed out words of Basquiat to repel ghosts. Reply DMX Zooom January 22, 2019 I draw better then you! Reply BSienk Art January 30, 2019 This is great. Thanks! Reply Shelley Webb Russell February 2, 2019 Thank you for taking the time to share this message. It is truly needed in our world today. 💞💜👍🏼 Reply Juan Urbina February 9, 2019 Oh, Interesting " hahaha… Love your channel. It always makes me see things differently. 🙂 Reply Daniel Vela February 22, 2019 “Don’t be a jerk” seems so simple Reply Gail Bolton February 22, 2019 Well, you certainly seem to have "caught yourself" when you were young and quite intense in your outlook on life. I can't say I actually understand why the are two of you in different orientations but I do like the juxtaposition of the two. They are an interesting young woman. She is intense but not yet the lively person she has turned out to be. Well done! Reply G March 1, 2019 As an artist who shares her art on a lot of different online forums I wish I could share this video with everyone. Sometimes I do receive genuine substantive critiques, usually on art forums. I appreciate that. However when shared with the general public, so many people think that the only way to critique art is to say something negative, and usually they provide no detail other than an adjective. If I have to ask what their critique meant I don't think it was a successful critique. Reply EWKification March 3, 2019 When I was in grad school all critique was based on social justice/identity politics, and anything I did was automatically upholding the patriarchy, colonialism, and son, based on my DNA at birth. Extraordinarily destructive and, let's face it, stupid. The biggest problem with critique is finding the right people to provide it. People's minds are all over the place about what is important, etc. If you are a painting, well, there's a vast arena of critique that will automatically dismiss anything you do as hopelessly antiquated. Critique seems to work better for people working in established genres, whatever they are, who agree on broad outlines of what art is and what they are trying to achieve. Otherwise it's like submitting a Black Sabbath album to Country Music judges. Reply Al Cox March 12, 2019 Following up Critiques with affirmations and points of interests is obvious and excitingly challenging Reply Evan March 28, 2019 zzz Reply Z Richards April 12, 2019 This brings me back to my time in college, my art professor really didn't like the word "interesting". If that word was uttered, he'd turn to the speaker and immediately ask "oh? So why is it interesting?" Not that he wanted to embarrass someone, he wanted to push us towards clearer expressions of thought. Reply 4 & 20 Black Birds April 19, 2019 you don't have any taste, do you?you don't bother to read about good design, do you?nobody has told you, you have no taste? this is funny to me, is it funny to you?90% of the people who make art sucks. you think you fall into that group?is it being a jerk to be forced to look at your art and have to smile?I must say. you're really cool! can't say the same about your art! Reply Patrick Hawbecker May 7, 2019 My first impulse when I'm observing this is that game of identify what's the same and what's different. At first glance it is apparent that it is intended to be the same person and yet there are certain discernable differences such as the parting hair pattern, some of the cheek bones, and the different hue on the right neck. But as much as people talk about focal points and the couple sets of eyes, which could relate to our brains psychological dependence on perceiving human features, I believe from looking at this the artist intended to invoke more metaphorical questions then those of craft and taste. See, there are many ways for artists today to make the perfect duplicate, but that does not appear to be the case here. Rather, there seems to be more of the beginning questions of ontological and institutional nature. I perceive these questions of "how is this working" and "presentation" being at the forefront. I see these through the artistic devices incorporated by the artists. First, I see the prominence of device, frontal. Throughout much of art history, if there is a straightforward idea being presented artists have chosen to depict their figures in frontal. Also, it's an easy way to connect your piece to art of old. The second device incorporated is that of the diptych. An efficient approach to contain multiple ideas or a duplicity in a single image or thought, or even just telling a narrative, is the diptych. This artist uses the diptych seemingly to multiply the intensity of the self-portrait assignment. She could be trying to suggest increasing her self identity but it seems like she's more so making a point about the assignment then anything else. And the fact that she turned 1 side of the diptych upside down suggests her attempt at turning, at least partially, the artistic conventions on their head. Thirdly, well, there isn't really a third point unless you consider the rendering of the saturation of color as a jab at over-craftmanship. It is more probable that this is the artist's current level of ability. See, in my art, I try to incorporate a rule of three particularly when I am driving home a metaphorical point. If I can express, say an ontological question in at least 3 different ways then I feel more successful or justified. I know it isn't necessary but it is something I always try to grapple in the formative stages of my pieces. I feel this self-portrait diptych is a good addition to this artist's repertoire of work and I look forward to seeing her push these ideas, if not others, in her future works. Reply David Faubion July 17, 2019 Words are just words unless they are explicit threats. The internet is like the global mind unleashed. To try to police the free flowing speech of it is prelude to thought control, mind policing. Only you can stop the cycle of pointless words. Surprised PBS allowed comments. PBS has comment muted for its Washington Week and some of their other feature pods. Reply aeromodeller1 July 20, 2019 You may not want to do this. My high school English teacher completed his section on poetry by reading a poem and asking us to critique. No one wanted to say anything. It was a very bad poem and I explained why. It broke every rule in the book, used mixed metaphors and did everything he had told us not to do. I'm not a stickler for rules, but sometimes rules serve a purpose. This was a good demonstration of why you should be aware of the reasons for those rules. It turned out that he had written this poem for his poetry class and his teacher had made exactly the same criticisms as I had. He was hoping to get a more sympathetic response from his captive audience of high school students. Now to your double portrait. It did catch my attention, more than the usual art student solo portrait. Failure point number one for a work of art is you walk by it and don't even notice it. It reminded me of a playing card, the Queen of Diamonds, except that the portraits on a playing card are arranged on a vertical axis where these are on a horizontal axis. Both have approximate, but not necessarily exact, point symmetry. There is an implication of spinning. I brace myself against getting dizzy. I would expect that if she exhales strongly through her nose, the whole thing might spin like a pinwheel. There is ambiguity about up and down. Which is the "right" orientation, or would this be mounted on a Lazy Susan? I find myself looking at the left face and wanting to turn it around to look at the right face. The faces take up almost all of the surface, there are four small areas of plain red brown in the background. The faces show little emotion, maybe boredom? There is the ambiguous area where the two overlap. There is a concern about matter and antimatter, what can go wring here? Why two almost identical portraits on the same canvas? Wouldn't it have been better to make one large portrait? The yellow color makes the person look unhealthy. The problem with most student art is that it is busywork. The teacher gave an assignment; make a cyanotype. The student makes a cyanotype. Assignment completed, the student was exposed to a medium. Unfortunately the student did not have anything to say, so the picture says nothing. It does not communicate with the viewer. The picture may be a successful technical exercise, but fail as expressive art. You don't go to the symphony to listen to the violinists playing fingering exercises. I have seen a lot of student art and often my critique is more about the assignment than the execution. A class assignment is a collaborative work, both the teacher and the student are involved. It may not always be a successful collaboration. This was an experiment in underpainting. Did it succeed or not? As a class assignment, only the teacher's assessment is valid. Did it get a good grade? This reminds me of colorized photographs. In the days before color photography, colorists were employed in photo studios to color B&W portraits. Some used dyes, some used oils. The goal was to present a "realistic" color portrait. This is an extension of earlier colorists who hand painted colors onto black ink prints. Usually many impressions were colored, sometimes a whole print run of books. Reply Dave Shaver August 20, 2019 I dont really like the work but I appreciate it nonetheless. It lacks cosmetic appeal (which is why I dont like it) but it has conceptual appeal. It also contains some fun, which I do like. Its not something I would display or acquire because it does not suit my individual taste but Im glad you created it, nonetheless. To someone who needs to imagine themselves from a totally counterintuitive point of view, it may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Oh darn, now I seem to like it now. I have no money, I am poor like Kenny on Southpark but miss, what is your ask by the way? lol 😉 http://popu.photo Reply Brian-Marc Whittaker September 15, 2019 I'm an art teacher and I've found that the Feldman Method is helpful. 1) Describe (stating facts about subject matter, medium, which elements of art are being used, etc.); 2) Analyze (how does the artist use the Principles of Design in their artwork); 3) Interpretation (what meaning is gained from this, what do you think was the artist's intent, etc.); 4) Judgement/Evaluation (discuss the merit, success, or importance of the artwork). When my students critique, they use this as well as discussing which parts were successful and which parts need improvement…again based on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. And how those Elements and Principles help with visual communication. Reply myFElovemimi September 21, 2019 I went to artschool and it was the worst place I've ever had feedback. Artschools really have no idea what they're doing when critiquing. Reply Rabah El Aawar September 24, 2019 It is a lovely piece, but I felt there was a disconnect in the balance between the left and right side of the artwork. I believe it may be the lack of emphasis between the hairs of both of the painted persons, as they both were meant to look very much the same but their forms remained different yet painted in the same palette. Their heads are of the same value (lightness against the darker hairs in the background), and therefore it makes them pop up quite 'unapologetically' to the eyes. Perhaps, the tones used could need more work, and both of the heads could need more balancing in their proportions to one another. However, I see where you are going with this self-portrait, and it does allow us to understand your state of mind, your mood, and your personality. Are you a Leo? Just curious… 😀 Reply DeeDah September 27, 2019 I have always told my art students, "I will critique/criticize your work! I will, however, give you my personal reaction to it." Other than "the old masters" how often do you hear a positive critique? Personally, I'm the only critic I listen to. Reply lilwaynelollipop October 1, 2019 Im a whole ass troll nigga giggity giggity Reply Buddy White October 6, 2019 In art school we were taught to base critique on the elements of art and principles of design plus use of perspective, etc. These are all objective judgements. Please keep all the subjective remarks out of it. Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.