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|6x6 Mixed Media Pebble Project|
One thing I have observed every semester is that no one really grasps the idea of a critique. I know critiques suck. A lot. As with writing, you feel like a critique is a personal attack when you work up the nerve to share your art with others. It is really difficult to separate yourself from your work. It's not like math or science, where there is typically a right or a wrong and it is a definite expression of finite knowledge.
Every semester, most of the critiques go a little something like this: I really like your work. You did a good job. It looks great.
Rarely does anyone ever offer constructive criticism or tips or tricks they may have learned that have helped them along the way. I sometimes feel as though I am the only one posting a critique that is more than 3 short sentences. I always point out the positive and give suggestions for improvement or suggestions on ways to better display their work (A lot of people are photographing their work at an angle and NOT using perspective crop to try to make adjustments.) One of the BEST pieces of advice I can give when taking online classes at this school is go to out and buy an 11x17 scanner. I bought one from Costco and it changed my submissions for the best. Trying to photograph submissions or scan them using an 8.5x11 scanner bed and merge them together was hell