Critique Book

Critique Book

Let’s Talk about Critique
Reimagining Art and Design Education
Elissa Armstrong and Mariah Doren

Let’s Talk about Critique examines how critique in art education has evolved, how it falls short, and what else it could be. Elissa Armstrong and Mariah Doren contextualize current practices by discussing the history of critique, the field of education, and the characteristics of today’s students. Then they offer suggestions for ways to have more open, inclusive, and dynamic classroom conversations about art and design. The core of the book consists of critique format descriptions, written by experienced educators, that provide a wide variety of thoughtful approaches that can be readily adapted and used.

Elissa Armstrong is an associate professor in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Mariah Doren is the assistant provost of curriculum and learning at the New School.

Now available at all booksellers including the University of Chicago Press. Published August 29, 2023 by Intellect Press, UK & The University of Chicago Press, USA


1: Introduction

2: What is a Critique?

3: The Critique’s History: How The Contemporary Critique Evolved

4: The Contemporary Student and The Critique

5: Critique And Assessment

6: Critique Methods Collection

I: Non-Verbal Critiques
Yun Shin and Emily Stokes
Elissa Armstrong
Nida Abdullah and Denise Gonzales Crisp
Chelsea Coon
Mariah Doren
Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard
II: Play and Improvisation Critiques
Carol Elkovich
Nida Abdullah and Denise Gonzales Crisp
Jonathon Russell
Laurie Gatlin
Tyrus Clutter
Jonathon Russell
III: Pre-, Mid-, Post- and Extended Critiques
Ane Gonzalez Lara
Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard
Leslie Bellavance
Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard
Elissa Armstrong
Hannah Barnes
IV: Student-Centered Critiques
Gaia Scagnetti and T. Camille Martin-Thomsen
Denielle J. Emans and Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt
April Friges
Andrea Marpillero-Colomina
Kristina Bivona
nicole killian
Hande Sever and Alexandre Saden
melissa m button, Matt Nock, Phil Stoesz
V: Critique of Critiques
Mariah Doren
Maya Krinsky
Andy Broadey and Richard Hudson-Miles
Matt King
Morgan Alford, Alia Ali, Naama Attias, Julia Chai, Casey Chan, Jiayun Chen, Yingtong He, Ashley Hunt, Kaidi Jiu, Keunjae Kwon, Michael Mendoza, Oscar Ochoa, Alexeis Reyes, Ruoyi Shi, Estela Ana Silva, Allison Yasukawa, and Hanzhu Zhang

7: Conclusion


Biographical notes