We are about to begin using this approach in several of our classes.
Praise allows the students to search out the positive and
aesthetically pleasing in the work (before they begin a potential
Question allows the students to inquire why the other student (or the
artist in question) did something in a particular way.
(Incidentally, these steps are directly connected to Feldman. Why is
the color arranged this way? (analysis) What message are you trying
to get across to the viewer? (interpretation) What IS that thing in
the lower corner? (description) The advantage is that the critique is
approach from the student's questions....not an artificial framework
Propose allows students to suggest possible changes that they think
would strengthen the work. It is a positive approach to negative
criticism...AND it addresses the judgement question. (The artist
could still also have the last word).
We are adding a fourth step (To theorize) (Thanks to Terry Barrett)
In this post-modern age of multiple art forms and student confusion,
this step will add an interesting dimension.
These are regular high school students.....and they can do it!!!
Thanks for reading.