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Once again, thanks for sharing a wonderful idea. I really like the coupon
idea for critiques.
Thanks also to the person that originally sent in the PQP of critique. I have
used it for over a year now in regular classroom critiques. It works very
I want to borrow the coupon suggestion for the high school art show. Prior to
the judging, but after all of the work is displayed by category, I make each
of the students judge the show themselves on a sample judges sheet (listing
places in each category). They gripe and complain about how difficult it is,
learning to have sympathy for those poor judges. Then I read from their
results (not mentioning whose ballot I am reading) and they are amazed at how
differently each person perception of what is "best" is. I remind them that
the judges will also have varied opinions and have to debate and sweat over
many decisions. While each judge is qualified and familiar with student art
(because some professional artists I have gotten in the past didn't have a
clue, I try to stick with mainly with art educators), they will each have
varied opinions about what should place and where. Because a work is not
selected for a final place doesn't mean it was never in the running or is not
as good as any other. This seems to help keep feathers unruffled and I hope
take the sting out of not getting the recognition they were hoping for. This
year I'll use the coupon idea along with the judges sheet to serve as a
visual reminder of the same.