So you want to criticise art? Would you know how to translate your thoughts into a published article in a magazine, newspaper or on the web? In this introductory course you will learn ways of approaching and looking at art, how to put your appreciation into words, and how to market and promote your written work for publication...
Taught by: Andrew Marsh, Charmian Griffin.
So you want to criticise art? Would you know how to translate your thoughts into a published article in a magazine, newspaper or on the web? In this introductory course you will learn ways of approaching and looking at art, how to put your appreciation into words, and how to market and promote your written work for publication.
- A group visit to an exhibition in London, plus other recommended visits.
- Discussing ideas and gaining feedback on your written work.
- Developing an individual critical approach and writing style.
- Exploring opportunities for publishing work.
- Relationships between art, galleries and the press.
- The course will equip you with the tools to think and write critically about contemporary art.
- You should develop skills in observation and research, and study aspects of writing itself, from style and form to dissemination.
- A major outcome of the course will be a 700-word review of an art exhibition, which each student will be asked to write.
Who should take this course?
- Those wishing to improve their critical skills and looking for ways of finding a personal voice.
- Graduates who want to enhance their understanding of the art press.
- Students thinking of pursuing a career in arts journalism.
Level: Suitable for both beginners as well as those with some previous knowledge.
Entry requirements: A good grasp of spoken and written English
Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
In his professional practice, Andrew Marsh works as an independent critic and curator, and as technical director for major contemporary art commissions. His projects have been financed by the Arts Council and the Elephant Trust. Andrew trained as an artist before completing an MA in Curating at Goldsmiths. He has curated and managed exhibitions and events in London, Birmingham, Düsseldorf and New Delhi, among others. He has also written regularly for ‘Flash Art’, various artists’ monographs and other publications. Andrew also works as Curator in Practice for BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He teaches curatorial practice, critical writing, issues surrounding commissioning contemporary art, the art market and managing off-site projects. Andrew also also supervises PhD students.
Charmian Griffin is a writer, editor, and digital producer. She completed her MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art where she also produced the course website and edited the college magazine Arc. She now produces digital projects for artists and arts organisations such as Artangel, Tate, and Roald Dahl as well as writing on art and technology.
There is no specific materials list for this course. A list will be sent nearer the time or materials will be discussed on the first day of the course.