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CRITIQUE Introduction to CRITIQUE in the Visual Arts

What is a CRITIQUE?

  • A process used to analyze, describe, and interpret a work of art.
  • Used as a tool to interpret a work of art when the meaning is unknown.
  • Used as a tool to help improve a work of art, whether in progress or at the end.
  • We will use critiques to look at your own ART and the ART of your peers.

What a CRITIQUE is not:

It is NOT an opportunity to offer criticism that is not constructive:

  • I don’t like it.
  • The subject matter isn’t creative.
  • The colors don’t look good.

It is NOT place to be vague whether you or offering criticism or positive feedback:

  • I like it.
  • It looks nice.
  • Good job.

The above examples are not a good use of constructive criticism or feedback because they don’t offer any solution to improve the work.

To properly learn how to critique a work of art, it is essential to learn the ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES of Art & Design because they will help you describe what you are seeing.

The PRINCIPALS are on the right and the ELEMENTS are on the left

DOWNLOAD THE CRITIQUE SHEET FOUND BELOW - USE THE INFORMATION TO CREATE YOUR WRITTEN CRITIQUE

TURN-IN YOUR CRITIQUE WHEN YOU ARE DONE