Ludington Area Center for the Arts
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Critique Groups

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts' Visual Arts Critique Group is currently meeting virtually on the third Friday of each month at 11 a.m.

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All artists all welcome to attend and to bring recently completed or works in progress to share with fellow artists. The group aims to foster a positive creative environment by discussing and giving creative criticism of others artwork. 

Traditionally the critique group meets in person in the art center's performance hall. This is a free event and is open to the general public.

Morning Group meets at 11 a.m. the third Friday of each month in the center's Main Gallery. Evening Group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the center's Main Gallery.

The critique groups are a group of friendly local artists who meet monthly to discuss, critique, and praise each other's original works of art. This is an opportunity for artists of all mediums to bring works in progress for encouraging. The group also shares helpful professional tips on techniques and resources. This group is open to artists of any ability.

The Critique: Basics

It is only natural to want people to like the work we do but if we are to really grow as artists then we need to say a little more than "It's nice." or "I love it" or "I don't think this painting works". We need information on what specifically is nice or is not working. Constructive comments will help not only the artist whose painting or sculpture is being critiqued but also other artists hearing the critique. It also aids in helping the artist view their work with a fresh eye.

The best critique comments may actually be questions. Many times we don't know why we choose to do one thing over another. Questions from viewers can allow us to take a closer look at our work and may help to improve future works. 

Ideas to explore:

1. Size/Scale: Think about the size and scale of the artwork. Why did the artist decide on this size/scale?

2. Shape or Orientation: Does the orientation suit the subject matter?

3. Artist Statement: Why are these important? What does it say about you and your work?

4. Title : How is the work interpreted by the title? Titled vs Untitled.

5. Subject Matter: What is the subject? Is it usual, expected, controversial or intriguing?

6. Emotional Response: Does the work illicit an emotional response and why or why not?

7. Composition: What are the elements of design, line, shape, color, intensity, balance?

8. Technique: What level of skill is displayed? If the artist is just beginning how could this develop?

9. Medium: What materials were used to create the work? Why was this medium selected?

10. Color: How has color been used? Is the palette warm or cold? Why was this color used?

11. Texture: Does texture enhance the work? Does it fit with the subject matter?