The What and How of Class on October 6

Our next class on Tuesday, October 6 will begin with our very first critique.


I know these feels, and I bet you do too. Art critiques can be stressful. After all, the things we make come from the heart, and so we’re often deeply emotionally invested. However the goal is to provide you several pairs of fresh eyes on your work to facilitate the discovery of new possibilities. We will set some guidelines before starting to encourage a constructive process. In the meantime, here’s what you need to be prepared for our next class.

For Next Week

  • Have your monotype portfolio completed, gathered and organized. The requirements of the monotype portfolio are listed further in this post.
  • Think about what you made. You want to be able to discuss how you created the work, why you chose techniques and subject matter you did and what contribution these things make to the conceptual underpinnings of your work.
  • Read the class blog. There are a couple of homework assignments from past weeks. If you haven’t done them yet, now is a good time to get caught up. They should be completed in or attached to your Creativity Journal.
  • Speaking of… don’t forget to keep up with your Creativity Journal. I will review your progress on October 27, looking at both the assignments and the journal as a whole. Remember, you should be completing at least three pages per day. Don’t feel limited to making sketches. This is about pure, raw experimentation. You can put notes, lists, doodles, objects, that weird thing you found on your earlobe… anything really. Go crazy! This is about quantity… about jump starting the ideas by giving your brain free reign. Looking for ideas on what to add? Read your syllabus or check out this handy guide.

hmmSo What Do You Need in Your Monotype Portfolio?

You will need to show at least one of each of the following. Of course, you are welcome to show MORE than one. Demonstrating a breadth of experimentation means you’ve engaged with the project, and that’s a good thing.

  • traced monotype
  • dark field (subtractive) monotype
  • light field (additive) monotype
  • edition of three related monotypes utilizing flexible plates and/or multiple drops
  • one developed monotype.

The developed monotype is the piece or series of pieces you thought out more carefully and for which you made thumbnails in your Creativity Journal.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment on this post by selecting “Leave a Comment” at the top. You may also e-mail me.

See you next week!


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