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How To Critique Art. Beginning in Mixed Media 1, we will begin to talk about our completed artwork by taking part in what is known in art as a critique. What is a critique exactly?. Introduction.

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How to critique art

How To Critique Art


  • Beginning in Mixed Media 1, we will begin to talk about our completed artwork by taking part in what is known in art as a critique.

  • What is a critique exactly?


What is a critique

  • A critique is an oral or written discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art.

  • Critiqueshelp students hone their persuasive oral and writing, information-gathering, and justification skills.

What is a critique?

What do we talk about in critiques

  • When we critique, we focus on four major areas of art criticism:

    • Description

    • Analysis

    • Interpretation

    • Judgment/Evaluation

What do we talk about in critiques?


  • Goal:

    • Describe the work without using value words such as "beautiful" or "ugly.”


Questions used for description

  • What is the written description on the label or in the program about the work?

  • What is the title and who is the artist?

  • When and where was the work created?

  • Describe the elements of the work (i.e., line movement, light, space).

  • Describe the technical qualities of the work (i.e., tools, materials, instruments).

  • Describe the subject matter. What is it all about? Are there recognizable images?

Questions Used For Description:


  • Goal:

    • Describe how the work is organized as a complete composition.


Questions used for analysis

  • How is the work constructed or planned (i.e., acts, movements, lines)?

  • Identify some of the similarities throughout the work (i.e., repetition of lines, two songs in each act).

  • Identify some of the points of emphasis in the work (i.e., specific scene, figure, movement).

  • If the work has subjects or characters, what are the relationships between or among them?

Questions Used For Analysis


  • Goal:

    • Describe how the work makes you think or feel.


Questions used for interpretation

  • Describe the expressive qualities you find in the work. What expressive language would you use to describe the qualities (i.e., tragic, ugly, funny)?

  • Does the work remind you of other things you have experienced (i.e., analogy or metaphor)?

  • How does the work relate to other ideas or events in the world and/or in your other studies?

Questions Used For Interpretation

Judgment evaluation

  • Goal:

    • Present your opinion of the work's successes and failures in a positive manner (constructive criticism).


Questions used for judgment evaluation

  • What qualities of the work make you feel it is a success?

  • What areas could have been improved upon?

  • Compare it with similar works that you think are good or bad.

  • What criteria can you list to help others judge this work?

  • How original is the work? Why do you feel this work is original or not original?

Questions Used For Judgment/Evaluation

Artist statement

  • Goal:

    • To critically think and critique your own artwork.

    • Artist Statements will be completed every project in order to help you develop and make meaning of the work you are creating.

    • Artist Statements must be written in complete sentences and use proper grammar.

    • Questions must be answered beyond one word sentences in order to receive credit.

Artist Statement

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