2020 Crit Group Information

Dates: 10 week program beginning September 8th and running through November 15th, 2020.

This program is a simple, back to basics approach for getting some thoughtful feedback on your work and providing a support group of accountability and encouragement. It is open to anyone in the world, artists of all backgrounds, mediums and education levels. The majority of the program can be done on your own time, providing a platform that is accessible to Artist/Mothers with a lot happening in their world!

This program is for you if…
– You desire constructive and helpful feedback on your art
– You have questions you want to work through
– You are looking to connect with other Artist/Mothers in a tighter-knit group
– You are needing the accountability of warm and vibrant peers to help you stay engaged with your art practice
– You don’t have many people in your life to “talk shop” with and discuss your work or life as an artist
– You need connection with other Artist/Mothers but are limited in the time you can commit to building your own community
– You need the flexibility of a virtual program that can be done from your computer/phone
– You need more peers in your life who take you seriously and are willing to spend time thinking thoughtfully about your work
– You care deeply about your work and desire to connect and be in conversation with other artists who do too!


Please visit our shop page to secure your spot in the Artist/Mother Crit Group program! (partial payment option )



How it works:
The 10 week program will take place from September 8th through November 15th, 2020. You will be placed in a group of 3-5 members, plus one of our selected mentors. Each person will rotate through 1 round of feedback/critique on their work and 1 round of feedback and support on their professional practice (website, show applications, goal setting, etc). Groups will set the crit schedules in advance so you are aware of the weeks you will go and can work accordingly. This feedback will take place either in a written document shared by and visible to the members in your group OR your group will do zoom video crits each week. You will upload your images, pose questions when it is your week, and your mentor, plus everyone else in the group will provide thorough feedback and encouragement. You are strongly encouraged to participate every week and provide feedback to the other members of your group, exercising your own muscle of sharing thoughtful insight and encouraging your peers.

Additionally, you will share in conversation about all of the “nuts and bolts” outside of your art…the professional practice elements of your career! You will share a week with one other member and present items like your website, IG presence, your artist statement, your plan for applying to shows, and more, allowing your group to share insight and feedback. You will work together to make a plan of action for your career!


Please visit our shop page to secure your spot in the Artist/Mother Crit Group program! (partial payment option )

Mentors:
We have a line up of incredible mentors who will be serving as organizational heads for your group! They will be responsible for providing the bulk of the feedback for each group member, as well as scheduling the cries and virtual video chats you will have over the course of the 10 week program.

Please take some time to browse through all of our mentors, clicking through to their websites and getting to know them. It is a not a requirement, or necessarily a suggestion that you are paired with a mentor who works in the same medium as you. Each of these mentors are capable and skilled in dialoguing about any kind of art, and there is much to be gained from being partnered with someone outside of your comfort zone!

After you purchase your membership, you will be prompted to share your top mentor preferences. We cannot guarantee which mentor you will be paired with but we will absolutely do our best to accomodate your desire to work with the mentor of your choice!

It might be useful to be paired with a mentor in your time zone, though this is not essential as most of the critique will take place on your own time. The mentor will be flexible and work with everyone in the group to ensure that the group video calls will take place during a time when everyone can participate.

Critique style:
Your mentors bring a variety of critique styles to the table. A benefit to how this program is set up is that you will be able to switch mentors and work with someone else when our next 10 week program (February 2021) comes around if you choose!
While no two mentors are alike, all of the mentors leading this program are incredibly kind, thoughtful, and compassionate human beings. They will be honest and firm in the feedback they provide, but no judgement or harsh words will be exchanged.
We expect all members participating in the group crits to obtain the same level of kind and insightful responses, refraining from demeaning, slandering or shaming anyone within the group. Conversations will be moderated by the mentor and visible to Kaylan, as head facilitator of the program. Our community is known for the deep encouragement and spirit of championing that we provide to one another. This program will be no different!


Bonus mentor opportunity!
Everyone participating in the Artist/Mother Crit Group Program will have the option to sign up for one slot to present their artist talk to a group of panelists from our community! These panelists will provide you with feedback about your talk, sharing some tips for improvement and encouragement!

Time slots will take place on:
Sunday September 20th  2:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Sunday September 27th 10:00am – 12:00pm EST
Thursday October 22nd 8:00pm – 10:00pm EST
Sunday November 8th 2:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Thursday November 12th 8:00pm – 10:00pm EST


Please visit our shop page to secure your spot in the Artist/Mother Crit Group program! (partial payment option )

Do you have questions or need more info? Please email Kaylan at artistmotherpodcast@gmail.com