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My group is opening a Critique folder. Is there anything you can recommend?
suggests, "One of the most important things would be to build up a system that rewards not only those who submit to the folder but also those that critique.
suggests, "Be sure that the pool of people that will be offering the critiques is pretty large. You don't want one or two people doing all the critiques as they'll probably burn out pretty quickly.
Regardless of who is doing the critiques be sure to thank them. As Felizias suggested you can make it a trade deal where making critiques gets you something in return. People tend to put more in when they'll get something back. I do want to say that even with such a reward don't ignore a simple "Thank you!" note. If you spot some recurring names offering critiques let them know you appreciate their efforts.
Much like 3wyl has done here be sure to remind folks that any constructive feedback is beneficial. Remind the members that they don't need to be professional artists or art critics to give the critiques. Useful feedback comes in all forms, whatever their background or skill level their thoughts can be valuable."
suggests, "Give people some prompts for what constitutes constructive feedback. Sometimes it's easier to zero in on one aspect of a piece of art or literature--such as color, negative space, proportions, or word choice, grammar, etc.--than it is to look at something and feel like they don't know where to start. This is especially important in drawing people out of their comfort zones where commenting is concerned: it doesn't really matter if they're familiar with fractals or not, they have an opinion on what's a good color combination and what's not and that's what they should found their comments on.
Also, I think a good approach to critiquing is to sandwich the critiques between compliments. Just because there are improvements to be made doesn't mean that we shouldn't acknowledge what the artist did well!"
suggests, "I think critique groups and folders work best when there's some kind of circulation. The most common type is the kind you see here, people constructively comment in order to
have their work accepted into the folder (I'm sure there are other methods if you brainstorm). With this way, people are participating in the group rather than just dumping their work and moving on. Also, it's not just a separate group A that critiques group B, (which is fine in some scenarios) but this way there's more coverage, a guarantee of feedback, and distribution on who critiques what.
Oh, and try to keep things up to date on the folder and invite anyone who hasn't gotten feedback (after some length of time) to request that someone review their work."
suggests, "For maximum exposure to the folder, if possible, try to promote the folder through polls from everyone; but definitely utilize your journals and group blog. Feature it on the front page, as well as on your own personal profile.
Secondly, people often need an initiative and a reward system. This could be anything from features, to points, to critiques for their own work. You could also feature all the art within your critique folder every once in a while, for further exposure.
Notes are often useful for requesting people to finish critiques, or asking them to send you a note for the critique they did in exchange for a critique request or feature.
Hopefully with the right amount of exposure and reward, the critique folder will actually provide critiques instead of a submit and run stock pile.
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