Every so often, I read a blog post about how to listen to criticism. More rarely do I run across suggestions for how to give feedback. Let me clarify that. Rarely do I run across suggestions for giving criticism that I find satisfying. But is that it?

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Through the supportive structure of its four core steps, Critical Response Process combines the power of questions with the focus and challenge of informed dialogue. The Process offers makers an active role in the critique of their own work.

It gives makers a way to rehearse the connections they seek when art meets it audience or a product meets its purpose.

Critical Response Process instills ways of thinking, communicating and being that enhance all kinds of human interactions, from coaching to community dialogue, from artistic collaboration to family conversations. In use for over 25 years, Critical Response Process has been embraced by art makers, educators, scientists, and theater companies, dance departments, orchestras, laboratories, conservatories, museums, universities, corporations, and kindergartens. Role 3: Facilitator Initiates each step, keeps the process on track, and works to help the artist and responders use the process to frame useful questions and responses.

Step 1. Step 2. Artist as Questioner The artist asks questions about the work. Step 3. Neutral Questions Responders ask neutral questions about the work, and the artist responds. Questions are neutral when they do not have an opinion couched in them. This step is one of the most fundamental, challenging, and misunderstood steps of Critical Response Process.

Step 4. Opinion Time Responders state opinions, given permission from the artist; the artist has the option to say no. Thank you so much for conceiving Critical Response Process , and for communicating it to us with such care. In Critical Response Process: a method for getting useful feedback on anything you make, from dance to dessert, authors Liz Lerman and John Borstel give a detailed introduction to the Process.

Beginning with its three roles and describing its four core steps, the book offers guidance for facilitators, practical examples, and useful variations. With a focus on actual works in progress — a dance, a script, a lecture, visual art work, even a cake — your training will highlight participation, conversation, and the flexibilty of the Process. You will leave with a firm grasp of procedures and tools to apply in your professional and daily life. Training programs are customized to suit the needs of our hosts and may last from two hours to four days.

The Critical Response Process team has trained arts faculty, orchestra members, museum docents, acting companies, social science researchers, and nonprofit boards, as well as students and makers in almost every artistic discipline. The Process empowers artists and invests responders with real responsibility as audience members.


Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process

The Critical Response Process is a process for receiving constructive feedback in a supportive group in which participants are assigned specific roles. Whether returning to the studio, the desk, the kitchen, or the laboratory, CRP gives tools both to people who are making work and people who are responding to that work. In use for over twenty years, CRP It has proven valuable for all kinds of creative endeavors, work situations, and collaborative relationships within and beyond the arts.


Critical Response Process


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