Critique Guidelines

Please read these guidelines to insure that your critique will be published.

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There are two means to critique work at Rate Your Art

    By Poll    

For those who would just like to rate the work without commenting.
You can voice your opinion using the poll, on a scale of one to five, one being the lowest and five the highest.
It will give the poster a rating for what others are thinking of their work.

    By Comment     

This is where you the viewer get an opportunity to voice your thoughts on the work you are seeing, to add your insights and join into the conversation.

If you wish to critique through comments you must read the following guidelines.



    Critique Guidelines   

The point of any critique is to supply a useful, constructive, evaluation of another persons work. It is a very useful method of creative growth for both parties.

It can be a positive learning experience for all.

It is not a roast, a forum for lambasting others work or a venue to show off our own knowledge and skills. It is a means by which we give advice that will help an artist improve, that will give new insight into our own understanding.
Give the type of feedback you would like to get, and it should be a painless and enjoyable experience for all parties, which leads us to the five B’s.


    The Five B’s   

Be Constructive


Be Honest


Be Objective


Be Civilized


Be Short



    Be Constructive   

State what you think works and that which does not work. Give both positive and negative feed back, and use the proverbial Compliment Sandwich. Offer a suggestion for improvement.

For example if looking at a small landscape,

“I really like the sky and the foreground but feel the horizon line is dead center.”

“If you pushed it up a third the space would read better.”



    Be Honest   

These are your thoughts and opinions, make them truthful and sincere.

The unique thing about the critiquing experience is that it is just as important to the person who critiques as the one critiqued. It is a dialogue between artist and viewer.

Do not be swayed by others comments, but base them on your own analysis and you will get much more out of the exchange.



    Be Objective   

Simply keep an open mind. Every rule was made to be broken and every person has a different perspective. If this was not true then most of the great art and literature today would have never been made.



    Be Civilized   

Please think before you comment otherwise you're just giving your fingers and your keyboard exercise.
No derogatory or defamatory comments will be tolerated.
They will not post.
If you can not make your point with out being diplomatic then you are in the wrong place and possibly the wrong world.


    Be Short   

Take your time, write clear statements and consider the medium we are using.

Realize others will add their analysis, so you do not have to cover every aspect of a work, just the ones that are the most relevant to you.



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