When Sydney Walker and I use the term "criticism" we mean thoughtful
verbal responses to works of art. As Nancy Walkup suggests, we do
stress interpretation. Criticism, however, can and often does entail
judgments. When critical judgments are offered they should have an
appraisal of worth based on reasons which are grounded in criteria.
As an art educator, I think interpretations are more important than
judgments. Judgments without interpretations are irresponsible and
irresponsive. As a teacher I can elicit positive judgments by asking
"How is this work of art good?"