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Lesson Plans

criticism in the artroom

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Zoubeida et Steve (bubbles)
Tue, 31 Mar 1998 07:06:27 -0500

Recently, lhurdle <lhurdle> wrote the following about
Clasroom Critiques:

I have started to question the value of critiques in the classrrom and
I am curious to know how others feel about this. If by chance you use
use this type of evaluation, how do you get all of the students

The second part of your post is a great question. Critiques should be a
part of all art curricula. It is imporatant that we provide our students
opportunities to verbally communicate the ideas they were attempting to
convey in visual form. If you are trying to get all students involved in
the critique process, try this:

Put all of the works on display so that everyone can see them. Review
with the entire class the objectives of the assignment. Ask the class to
choose one of the objectives and locate a work that seems to exceed the
requirements for that objective. Students are not allowed to choose
their own work. Once the work is identified, the student must explain
HOW and WHY that work exceeds the objective. Once that student is
finished talking, invite other students to add to or modify what that
student has said. The artist does not get to talk at this time. Once all
other students have shared their views, let the artist respond to the
work. The artist can/should begin with one of these three responses: 1)
That is what I intended; 2) That is not what I intended, I was trying to
....; 3) That is not what I intended but I can accept what you are
After the artist has responded to his or her critics, that student
selects another work and the process begins again. Try it.

Steve Carpenter
Art Education Program Director
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA