Extend the October Critique

During yesterday’s massive monthly AP critique, someone (was it Emma K.?) suggested that perhaps we devise another venue, another format for giving feedback to presenters. Two ideas were small handwritten forms, and a response forum. Nothing has prevented anyone from writing either a short comment (from 1st grade on, really) or a substantive analysis, but that benefits only the recipient artist,  not any of the other participants )(because it would be a “private” message.

Coincidentally, a similar blawwg forum was proposed for us and our “sister school” (Lincoln, in [one of the many places called] Manitowoc). This type of posting ought to have some structure, rather than a polite free-for-all, in order for each artist to be able to take away real constructive criticism and suggestions.

Ideas, please. Time frame? Conceptual commentary? Technical? Anonymity (either for the commenters, or “pretend” namelessness for the artist, whilst online)?

One well-meaning proposal yesterday was that one of the artists begin to make more casual portraits in addition to, or instead of, the excellent examples that were shown. I say “instead of” because the proposer was talking about something that wasn’t there rather than the work that was brought to the table. Theory is autobiography in this case: the speaker obviously prefers another style of portraiture, and wasn’t getting it yesterday. Too bad; stick with what’s in front of us in critiques.

OK. Now you chip in. Click on “Comment.”