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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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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?


    • 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:


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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