The Creative Critique: Helen Davis
Stimulating Discussion in a Critique
Helen B. Davis led a community critique monthly in her home in Boulder, Colorado, for twenty-four years. She is an artist, art educator, and art activist who retired as chair and professor of art at Colorado Women’s College (now part of the University of Denver). Her critique group began in 1979 with eight women; the core group today is about sixty. Although she gave up leading the group two years ago, it still continues in another location and slightly different format.
Dr. Davis compiled this list of words as a handout to spur discussion of works during the critiques.
MATERIALS/TECHNIQUES (Dr. Davis uses these words for her mixed-media critiques; for a fibers-only group, the list could be made more fibers-specific)
Subject matter Aesthetics
Dr. Helen B. Davis--an artist, art educator, and art activist--retired as chair and professor of art at Colorado Women’s College (now part of the University of Denver).
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Susan Brandeis offers suggestions on how to start and maintain a critique group.
Steve Aimone describes the artist contract he uses with workshop participants.
Helen Davis shares a handout of trigger words she uses for stimulating discussion in her critiques.
Tom Lundberg offers a suggested reading list related to evaluating art.