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Lesson Plans

Classroom critiques

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Tue, 31 Mar 1998 14:10:09 -0500

I start the children doing critiques in K. We call it, "Having a show" and
it takes up the final 6 or 7 minutes of our 30 minute class. One half of
the class will stand along one wall and hold their pictures up. the other
half has the opportunity to raise a hand and offer a comment. All comments
must begin, "I notice that..." and contain a reference to what we were
trying to do, i.e., if we were trying to use primary colors, a comment
might be, "I notice that Heather used primary colors on her house." I use
this technique as a form of closure and as a wonderful opportunity to get
the children using the language of art. It helps jump-start the process of
teaching them how to see shapes, colors, patterns, use of space. We try to
comment on each piece of art; to this end, each piece is limited to
receiving one comment. When we are pressed for time and they still want to
have a show, I have them stay at their table (there are 5), and each table
will hold up their work, show it 360 degrees, and only one comment is
allowed. As they age, their enjoyment of this activity wanes
(self-consciousness rears its head) and we switch to critiquing the
masters. By then, their technique and vision is in place. I would love to
read more from everyone about how they use this technique.

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