ATHICA Grass Roots Art Writing Program

Are you a writer, artist, instagrammer, #MYATHENS tagger, lover of the arts and culture? 

Registration is now open for ATHICA’s Grass Roots Art Writing Program for Fall 2019: a series of four half-day workshops spread over the months of October and November that will cover the basics of critical art writing, editing strategies, and artist statement development. Inspired by BURNAWAY’s Art Writing Incubator, our aim is to support our art community and to inspire critical writing in the Athens region.  The sessions may be taken independently. The final session on artist’s statements would be of interest to any artist who needs to produce writing about their own work.

Instructors include artist and writer Maggie Davis, writer and former ArtsATL Editor Laura Relyea, Piedmont College professor and museum director Rebecca Brantley, and Emeritus Professor of UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication John English.

     Rebecca Brantley

Registration starts September 7 and is open until filled with a maximum of 12 attendees per session.

A registration fee of $10 per session goes to cover expenses. All materials will be provided. Any attendee who completes all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion and a $25 honorarium for completion of the program.

Each session will begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude at 2:00 PM, with a working lunch break on site. Participants are asked not to leave to get lunch. Participants have the option to order lunch from Pulaski Heights BBQ through ATHICA or to bring lunch from home.  Chips and drinks will be provided to all.

Participants will hone critical thinking skills, engage in discussions about the history and current status of critical art writing, participate in peer-editing, and will build a small writing portfolio.  

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Session 1: What is critical art writing?
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Participants will be introduced to the history, theories, and approaches of art criticism. 

Session 2: What makes good art critical writing?
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
*This session is a prerequisite for session three* 
Participants will use different examples of critical art writing styles to workshop diverse markers of successful art writing. 

Session 3: Editing before the editor
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Participants will use examples of editing to strengthen their drafting skills following by peer-editing activities and a review of final editing tactics. 

Session 4: Finessing an artist statement
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Participants will discuss the strategies of developing an artist statement. Exercises and in-class readings will be used.


The ATHICA Grass Roots Art Writing Program is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation, The Georgia Council for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.