Workshop: Introducing the crit & strategies for interpreting & talking about art (can be tailored to 14-16, 16-18 year olds, & adult learners)

This workshop can be tailored to a variety of audiences. Most commonly we run the workshop for 14-16 year olds, 16-18 year olds, and adult learners who are relatively new to contemporary art.

We work with groups to introduce them to the crit and to strategies for talking about and interpreting art. We typically do this using work form museum and gallery collections and exhibitions.

Previous workshops have included: Young people aged 14-16 at Tate Modern and Tate Britain as part of The Sorrell Foundation’s Saturday Art Club programme; Young people aged 16-18 at the Whitechapel Gallery, IKON, and Sidney Cooper Gallery Canterbury as part of The Roche Court’s ARTiculation Programme; and a BSL supported workshop for adult learners at Shape Gallery London.


Staff Feedback:

“Thank you so much for running a brilliant Crit session for us yesterday. Those that came were really engaged and I was amazed at how articulate and confidently they all spoke. I had an email from the teacher at Marylebone who said: “Thank you so much for organising the crit session yesterday, our pupils came back all excited and fired up. Big thank you.”  Vicky Carmichael, Curator: Schools and Teachers, Whitechapel Gallery

“Thank you so much for your wonderful contribution once again to ARTiculation. The workshop was very constructive and supportive retaining a warm and inclusive atmosphere throughout.” Lucy Salisbury, Head of ARTiculation, The Roche Court Educational Trust

Participant Feedback:

“Public speaking isn’t as bad as I thought it was! I can talk in front of people!”

“I learnt that it’s important it is to distance yourself from the work during a CRIT.”

“I discovered a new way of looking at an artist’s work and that first impressions of artwork are still valid and often mean a great deal! (Even if it is found that it was not what the artist intended)”

“I feel more confident!”  

“I enjoyed meeting other students, asking questions and having to express my opinion on a piece of art”

“I liked being able to compare my interpretation of an artist’s work with that of others”


Our workshops are supported by our experienced facilitators and by our research into the crit in our book and video Art Crits: 20 Questions.

To book a workshop or find out more please email [email protected] or [email protected]


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