As a photography major, I have no idea how to be an art critic. I do not even wish to be an art critic, honestly. I feel it is important for anyone reading this to know the truth of where this writing comes from before continuing. I took this class as an elective and other than the five art history classes I have taken, my experience with art is mostly my own. However, being introduced to this class I realize it could be a valuable tool for anyone in the art world.
Having Chad Dawkins, an actual art critic, talk to the class seemed like a really great way to be introduced to the concept. He spoke about the three approaches that can be used when writing about art: descriptive for facts, speculative for more of the art jargon, and critical which actually makes a judgement of the art. I did not realize that art criticism did not have to be critical. It was interesting to hear Chad’s view point and see what he has actually published. It made me think that writing about art does not have to be a formal, boring essay to be worth anything. I think people should give their opinion on things even if it upsets people. We cannot spend every aspect of our life trying to please people, especially when we are doing something that we love. That is something I have realized more and more during my college career. Chad was real about the hardships of the profession, he did not try to convince any of us that it would be fun or easy and I can appreciate that. My only negative comment would probably be that a lot of the terminology was really over my head.