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I Love Critiques


I love art critiques. I used to hate critiques but now I embrace them. In high school, art critiques were mild mannered and boring. People held back their true feelings and ideas about other people’s artworks. Teachers and friends would tell me, “good job” or “that’s really neat”. When I got to college, all hell broke loose. It was a different world. The art professors were ruthless, borderline savages when it came to critiques. Although, these were constructive critiques, but nonetheless, brutal on the soul. I learned a lot, and not just about proper techniques and methods. I really had to lose my ego when it comes to critiques. I have seen people cry and run out of the classrooms. Oh man, it was thrilling and crazy to think that students can pour their heart out into their artwork, and have it completely destroyed and ridiculed in a matter of minutes. Of course, it has happened to me before. It almost made me not want to pursue art anymore, but hey, I’m still here.


  1. Rachel Finney wrote:

    I haven’t really had any brutal critiques at GMU yet..I guess it depends on the professor though.

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:14 am | Permalink
  2. Naomi Berhane wrote:

    I totally agree that you have to lose your ego when it comes to critiques. I’ve learned that it’s more about the potential of the work and less about myself!

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:27 am | Permalink
  3. Kareem Sabri wrote:

    I was the same before – always scared of critiques because I didn’t want to get embarrassed in front of the class. My first year in college I actually never received a proper critique, which was a relief. However, my second year was brutal. I had professor Chawkey for Drawing II. If you’ve ever had him as a professor, you know how brutal it can get. However, I learned so much from him and he made me understand that critiques are meant to help you improve, not crush your dreams.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
  4. Kimmy Sawettanan wrote:

    I agreed, Critiquing is very important for designer, we have to learn how to accept another people perspective. I used to be so sensitive when someone critique my work, but I’m totally fine right now

    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Deema Mubarak wrote:

    I used to really hate critiques as well but i kind of enjoy them now, especially progress critiques because you get feedback and a chance to edit your work before submitting a final. Critiques still give me PTSD though.

    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm | Permalink