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1 Freshstart Presentation Saturday October 15 th, 2011

2 Introduction Ontario Teachers College Advisory Flickr as a forum for the truth on critiques Role Modeling Critiques Critique project Gantt Chart

3 Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community which was created by Ludicorp in 2004. Ludicorp, a Vancouver- based company founded by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake. Flickr emerged out of tools originally created for Ludicorp's Game Neverending, a web- based massive multiplayer online game. Key features of Flickr are notes, marking photos as favorites, group photo pools (tags), forums and photostream.

4 Flickr provides both private and public image storage. A user uploading an image can set privacy controls that determine who can view the image. A photo can be flagged as either public or private. Private images are visible by default only to the uploader, but they can also be marked as viewable by friends and/or family. Privacy settings also can be decided by adding photographs from a user's photostream to a "group pool". If a group is private all the members of that group can see the photo. If a group is public the photo becomes public as well. Flickr also provides a "contact list" which can be used to control image access for a specific set of users.

5 McDaniel, Cassie. Design Criticism and the creative Process. A List Apart, for people who make websites. Jan 11, 2011. May 18, 2011. Ideally in our minds our art projects will take a certain course of action to get to our objective. Realistically when we are doing our project our intended goal gets lost while we do our project. When we get feedback, it directs us to our goal, it makes us more critical of our process to complete the project.

6 College of Teachers provided an advisory on the issue of electronic communication and social media. Advisory: Not saying not to use social media. Use social media responsibly. Maintaining boundaries online is vital to the public trust. Establish suitable virtual boundaries. Keep ethical standards: Care, trust, respect and integrity.

7 Think of electronic communication conducted in public forums Create attention to privacy issues, professional vulnerability and legal implications Off-duty conduct matters when it comes to social media. Unintended misuse of electronic communication Knowledge that the inappropriate use of electronic communication and social media can result in criminal changes or civil action

8 With new media comes not only new opportunities but also new responsibilities. Liz Papadopoulos, OCT

9 OCT tips: Electronic messages can be manipulated and forwarded Text and images live forever on the internet Be aware of your employers policies Monitor your privacy settings Refuse friend requests from students Ask: How does your online presence reflect your professionalism?

10 Why use Flickr? Elaborate privacy settings. Forum style text posts under a virtual private veil. The Super-user (teacher) moderates discussions in the gallery forum. As a student there are no inhibitions to freely speak, and or the student has unlimited amount of time for their input. Critique can be done virtually anywhere there is a computer or smart phone with internet access. Image notes: As a user you can draw a square around an area of the image to make a comment. Photo Stream: It is virtually a slideshow that can be used as a way to show the progress of your project.

11 Why critique in a classroom on art? Looking for understanding on forms of thought: Irrational unconscious forces vs. rational conscious processes Manifestations of creativity Art products to be assessed Minds create meanings, we need to flesh-out whether the meanings are aligned with what the objective is Goal in the process: Useful, insightful and or profound Focus of thought for one to be more important over the other only ensures that the irrational and rational remain a mystery and reduced to stereotype. (Paul et al. 2005, p1) Richard Paul, and Linda Elder, Critical & Creative Thinking, (Dillon Beach: The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2005), 1-49.

12 Media frequently represents the creative person as a cousin to the nutty professor: Highly imaginative Spontaneous Emotional A source of off-beat ideas Often out of touch with everyday reality Creative and critical thought are both achievements of thought Artists are critical of what they do all the time; they assess or make judgments of their brush strokes, color, shades etc.. (Paul et al. 2005, p1-2) Richard Paul, and Linda Elder, Critical & Creative Thinking, (Dillon Beach: The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2005), 1-49.

13 As a result: Artists creation of meaning becomes systematic rather than existing in the mind as unconnected atomic particles. Artistic style Artistic theme, etc… Attempting to understand systems of meaning the viewer tends to place it in a cluster of meanings, even if they dont understand the work completely. A critique system augments meaning and asses our creations for accuracy, relevance and adequacy. (Paul et al. 2005, p4) Richard Paul, and Linda Elder, Critical & Creative Thinking, (Dillon Beach: The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2005), 1-49.

14 If thinking lacks a purpose – if it is aimless – it may chance upon something of value to the thinker. But more often it will simply wander into an endless stream of unanalyzed associations from ones unanalyzed past. (Paul et al. 2005, p5) Richard Paul, and Linda Elder, Critical & Creative Thinking, (Dillon Beach: The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2005), 1-49.

15 Rules example: If you agree to these rules, you can join the group Feedback is a valuable part of the creative process. To provide constructive feedback, consider: 1. At what stage is the artwork (e.g., middle, end)? What feedback is most helpful at this stage? 2. Provide a mix of supportive comments and thoughtful questions/suggestions. Help the artist see what they did well and become aware of the tensions they may need to resolve. 2. Receiving feedback and criticism is difficult. When providing feedback, go beyond politeness - be supportive. This Flickr group doesn't allow for the context and dialogue that is a part of formal critiques, so ensure that your tone and comments won't be misunderstood.

16 Beginning Middle End What You Are Working On: Challenge & Inspire What are your dreams, fantasies, goals or ambitions? Goal is to work on initial concept & vision Example Goals: Imagine & Generate Work on a set of different concepts / approaches Get feedback about concepts. Post concepts on flickr What You Might Look At: Other artists Other artworks What You Are Working On: Plan & Focus/ Explore & Explain Solving for Constraints How can you play around with the media/ materials? Have you tried other approaches or alternatives? Refer to flickr for comments. Example Goals: Post work on flickr Revise & Refine Determine what needs to be done Determine how has your work changed or evolved from its initial plan or design What You Might Look At: Prototypes Other colleagues work What You Are Working On: Revise & Refine Finalize details of artwork Solving for constraints Example Goals: Present & Perform How can you effectively present this artwork Analyze details and impact of work What You Might Look At: Reflect & Evaluate What have you learned? How has this artwork shaped or altered your personal thoughts or feelings?


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