Workshop: Negotiating the Crit – For Undergraduate Art Students & Staff

Our ‘Negotiating the Crit’ workshops for undergraduate students students explore:

  • The purpose of a crit
  • Barriers to confident participation in a crit
  • Strategies for overcoming these barriers
  • Methods of interpreting and talking about art

We recommend that these workshops take place after term one when students have had some experience of crits.

Our ‘Negotiating the Crit’ workshops for staff:

  • Encourage staff to renew their empathy with student experience
  • Explore multiple approaches to facilitating and fostering confident participation in crits

These workshops have often formed part of PGCert Learning & Teaching courses.

Participant Feedback

“I would just like to express how much I enjoyed the workshop that Q-Art delivered today. It was really well structured and I was engaged throughout. It helped that you were all very friendly and approachable. Crits are very important to us and it was incredibly useful to have a workshop like this. A few peers and I are thinking about doing those ‘lunchtime crits’ to help us prepare for the real ones. The public speaking part of the workshop was really insightful and I thoroughly enjoyed the exercises that were given to us. I was able to speak at the end of the class in front of everybody so that was a success and the same for many of my peers. It was also a good laugh and it was nice to have a more personal activity that the tutors are not involved in.” — BA Fine Art Student, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

“First of all I wanted to thanks you for a really positive and nourishing crit today. For the first time I felt empowered about being able to talk about the difficulty of making the work I make in a supportive environment. It was never going to be east due to the subject matter and gender tensions, but thats all part of managing a good crit and it has enabled me to feel empowered to strive to push both my painting practice and my practice as socially engaged art forwards into new ground. Thank you for bringing something quite magical to PCA – your work today released a lot of old tensions in our group I think and paved the way for some deepening of group discussion and for us to all feel safer in speaking honestly about our work.” – BA Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking Student, Plymouth College of Art


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