Prior to actually stepping into the class, Art Criticism and Writing posed as a threat to my comfort zone on speaking in general as well as introducing my opinion to others in a thought provoking discussion on various topics. I’ve learned not only what Art Criticism is, but what it can do for me as part of my skill set in my pursuit of becoming a curator.
Our last class discussion was a 3-hour long introduction on art criticism as a form in terms of evaluations meant to ignite interest and draw attention. There are different types of criticism such as speculative, descriptive, etc. There were three main groups that ranked from either giving non-bias information, or lending one’s opinion, with a positive or negative impact on the artist, as well as a combination of two. It was even more helpful that we had an art critic as a lecturer.
Coming across various types of professors, a student tends to have expectations of how a lecture typically goes pertaining to presentation and structure. As not all students are similar neither are faculty, I still was not quite prepared to handle Chad Dawkins, guest speaker of our last lecture, who works for Texas State as an associate curator. Initially, he was an artist who became an art critic kick-started by his blog “Publicity Stunted.” He was insightful, expressive, and intimidating with having had so much experience this far in his life. I found him to be openly opinionated and entertaining. Overall, the classroom environment is promising and I hope to learn more and gain resources as I begin to take my steps toward the art world and into my chosen career field.