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Re: techniques in art critique

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Thu, 26 Sep 1996 00:35:04 -0400

I think I am probably the person who originally introduced the Preaise,
Question, Propose process in this listserve. At any rate, I use it almost
every day with Middle School students. They do the praisng -- I only
encourage more specific responses. In general, we start from "It's awesome"
and I keep asking questions until I get an answer that actually SAYS
something. (I also find it useful to have every student write a statement for
each area before the discussion of a work or a group of works so that
everyone has to participate --not just the verbal few.
The students (I participate too, but only after the students) then generate
questions about what the artist intended, why they made a certain decision,
or what the future intentions are. The final step is to propose improvements
or solutions to problems. I have the students say "If this were my work, I
would....." rather than "you should..." I also strss that the final decision
is up to the artist ....we are only trying to help. I find this method
extremely successful . By the way, I learned it from the language arts people
in my school who use it for critical review of student writing. I have seen
it used with students from second grade through high school. I wish my
college professors would have used it ---especially while the work was in
process. I always had a terrible time with the end of semester critique, as
there was no way you could work toward any changes, even if you did get some
valuable criticism.

Marcia Thompson
West Salem Middle School
West Salem, WI