Week 4: Studio Classes
Time flies! Celebrating 4-Weeks of Fearless Abstract Painting Studio Classes at Workshop SLC with an exercise I like to call "Compassionate Critiquing". This is an opportunity for students to bring one of their paintings up to the front of the classroom and allow the audience to respond to the work - an extremely vulnerable exercise for most! Because it's one thing to paint a picture, but it's an entirely different thing to display our work for public consumption.
Questions like this help us navigate the process:
How does this painting make you feel?
Does the painting tell a story that keeps you looking?
Which way is up? Which way is down? How do you know?
An integral part of the artist's journey is learning to allow others to respond to our work without interjecting our stories, explanations, justifications & traumas into the mix. I am so proud of my students for contributing to the creation of a "safe space" so that an experience like this could happen.
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