A critique is an oral or written discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Critiques help students hone their persuasive oral and writing, information-gathering, and justification skills.
Below is a sample set of focus questions for an art critique related to four major areas of art criticism: description, analysis, interpretation, judgment. (The number of questions and aspects of specificity will vary according to the art form and number of works in the critique).
Describe the work without using value words such as "beautiful" or "ugly":
Describe how the work is organized as a complete composition:
Describe how the work makes you think or feel:
Judgment or Evaluation:
Present your opinion of the work's success or failure:
Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.