237.130 A1 Week 3 – Draft 1


  • Explain critical thinking. What does it require? What does it do for us?


Reference: Wallace, Schirato, Bright. “Critical Thinking” – use quotes from here; their idea of what makes up critical thinking. The idea that critical thinking makes us better students and artists – why? Releases us from normal thinking paradigms?

Nick Kapica: How thinking critically allows him to see visual texts within urban landscapes and form there analyse them and use them as material for his own ideas. – seen from the field trip experience. It’s surprising how much you can think about a site when you sit down and just think critically about it.              


  • How does thinking critically about others’ art inform our own art practice?


Reference: Nick Kapica – lecture about his looking at others’ artworks and specific visual texts within the landscape and how this made him more aware of what elements he was drawn to; he then uses those elements and ideas later in his own work.

When we look at an artwork and assess it we’re thinking about aspects such as the intention of the artwork and the meaning – who is the audience and what will they think? How do the formal conventions within the artwork convey this message? By analysing others’ artwork this way we can bring that way of thinking to our own art practice and ultimately refine the purpose, and methods of our work.


  • How is context important to thinking critically?


Reference: Ruszkiewicz, et al. “Reading Texts” 32-34; Mirzoeff, Nicholas “How to See the World” Introduction.

Talk about how “Reading Texts” explains what context does for the artwork, and Mirzoeff exemplifies this and also shows how context influences judgement and reception of an artwork.

Potentiall use the example of the blue marble? Or of Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange – how does this image stand up withotut its context – and how do we think about it if we didn’t0 have the context. Would the judgement of the work be different?