Becoming an art critic

Almost everyone operates as an art critic much of the time . . . [However] If we do nothing to increase our critical skills, they may not grow. By learning some principles about criticism and how to put them to work, we can develop our capacities as critics and, in turn, our ability to understand and enjoy. (Martin & Jacobus, pp. 51 52).

What can you do to increase your understanding and enjoyment of art? The authors of your course text suggest that you reflect upon the valuable participative experiences you have had while enjoying art. Reflection deepens your next experience with art. As you deepen your experience with art, you also develop a keener critical sense of the meaning and purpose in a work of art, and you improve your interpretation of a work of art.

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