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Elementary Art Criticism. Or…Talking about art. Elizabeth Bure, Artist Teacher, Barrington, IL. When kids walk in the art room and find out that they are talking about art and not “Doing Anything” They immediately become…. Pissed!. Here’s what the process looks like:.

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elementary art criticism
Elementary Art Criticism

Or…Talking about art

Elizabeth Bure, Artist Teacher, Barrington, IL

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When kids walk in the art room and find out that they are

talking about art and not

“Doing Anything”

They immediately become…..

Pissed!

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Here’s what the process looks like:

The process of art criticism involves 4 actions.

They are: describe, analyze, interpret and decide.

Some guidelines to help are below:

Describe - what things are in the painting? Think of things like clothing, environment, etc.

Analyze - how are the elements of art (line, shape, form, texture, space, color and value) are used? How are the principles of unity pattern, rhythm, variety, balance, emphasis and proportion used?

Interpret - what is the artist trying to say to you? What is going on in the picture or artwork?

Judgement- What do I think about this artwork? Do I like it? Why or why not?

pretty when all you want to do is get the

boring

Pretty when all you want to do is GET THE:
  • Paint
  • CLAY!
  • Wire
  • or even just the markers!

And the LAST thing you want to do is sit in a chair and talk! ICK!

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But kids need to be able to communicate about art and visual culture, especially as the world becomes increasingly more VISUAL!

Is it possible to trick them into thinking that this talking about art thing is fun?

I don’t know……but I’m giving it my best shot…..

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Enter.......“Spiral art criticism”“Mad ART libs” and...“Magnetic poetic aesthetics”

3 games intended to trick kids into thinking art criticism is more fun than clay.

(when really, we all know that nothing is better than clay.)

spiral art criticism
Spiral Art Criticism
  • In this game, kids are given a fun-looking spiraling worksheet and are asked to complete JUST 4, or 8, or 12 of the prompts….

(depending on their level)

  • They are asked to do the ‘s first, the ‘s second, the ‘s third, and the ‘s fourth.
  • (these symbols stand for 1, 2, 3, and 4 in my art room)
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The ‘s are DESCRIBING prompts….

The ‘s are ANALYTICAL prompts….

The ‘s are EVALUTATIVE promts…..

And, the ‘s are prompts requiring JUDGEMENT.

A WORD BANK is provided to help them along

The word bank is also divided into words used for each of the 4 steps in the art criticism process!

some sample description prompts are
Some Sample description prompts are:
  • I see………
  • It looks like…..
  • It reminds me of…..
  • The mood is…..

Some Sample word bank items are:

  • Subjects: people, animals, boats, bicycles, fruit, creatures, rainy day, bright sunshine, a useful object, etc.
  • Action: playing, eating, dancing, sleeping
  • Something I once saw……
  • Moods: cheerful, exciting, fun, peaceful, thoughful, sad, angry, lonely
some sample analytic prompts are
Some Sample analytic prompts are:

Analyze - how are the elements of art (line, shape, form, texture, space, color and value) are used? How are the principles of unity pattern, rhythm, variety, balance, emphasis and proportion used?

  • I see………
  • It looks like…..
  • It reminds me of…..
  • The mood is…..

Some Sample word bank items are:

  • Subjects: people, animals, boats, bicycles, fruit, creatures, rainy day, bright sunshine, a useful object, etc.
  • Action: playing, eating, dancing, sleeping
  • Something I once saw……
  • Moods: cheerful, exciting, fun, peaceful, thoughful, sad, angry, lonely
some sample description prompts are1
Some Sample description prompts are:
  • I see………
  • It looks like…..
  • It reminds me of…..
  • The mood is…..

Some Sample word bank items are:

  • Subjects: people, animals, boats, bicycles, fruit, creatures, rainy day, bright sunshine, a useful object, etc.
  • Action: playing, eating, dancing, sleeping
  • Something I once saw……
  • Moods: cheerful, exciting, fun, peaceful, thoughful, sad, angry, lonely
some sample description prompts are2
Some Sample description prompts are:
  • I see………
  • It looks like…..
  • It reminds me of…..
  • The mood is…..

Some Sample word bank items are:

  • Subjects: people, animals, boats, bicycles, fruit, creatures, rainy day, bright sunshine, a useful object, etc.
  • Action: playing, eating, dancing, sleeping
  • Something I once saw……
  • Moods: cheerful, exciting, fun, peaceful, thoughful, sad, angry, lonely
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Magnetic Poetic Aesthetics!

  • An inter-active art criticism activity engaging kids in the use of:
      • Rating Scales
      • Movable word banks
      • Drawing overlays
      • “Telephone”
magnetic poetic aesthetics using rating scales
Magnetic Poetic Aesthetics!Using RATING scales

On a scale of dark to light I’d place this artwork:

On a scale of happy to sad I’d place this artwork:

On a scale of exciting to calm I’d place this artwork:

dark

sad

calm

light

happy

exciting

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Here’s how we might rate Edvard Munch’s

“The Scream”……………..

On a scale of dark to light I’d place this artwork:

On a scale of happy to sad I’d place this artwork:

On a scale of exciting to calm I’d place this artwork:

dark

light

sad

happy

exciting

calm

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Magnetic Poetic Aesthetics!Using MOVABLE word banks

(kids can also type in new words with powerpoint

or write new words using the smartboard)

colorfull

monochromatic

dark

light

bright

dark

light

dull

highlight

shadow

shadow

highlight

Movement

static

smooth

textured

pattern

dreary

peaceful

sad

cheerfull

FOCAL POINT

3-D

line

Geometric shape

Organic shape

Free-form shape

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Magnetic Poetic Aesthetics!Example: Using MOVABLE word banks

(kids can also type in new words with powerpoint

or write new words using the smartboard)

colorfull

monochromatic

Organic shape

light

dark

bright

dark

light

cheerfull

FOCAL POINT

peaceful

highlight

shadow

highlight

static

shadow

smooth

dull

textured

pattern

sad

dreary

Movement

3-D

line

Geometric shape

Free-form shape

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Telephone!

There is one priceless artwork in a

flooding warehouse full of pictures!

Describe it to the finder in the warehouse so they can

save it from the coming flood!

TELEPHONER: Describe artwork to finders

FINDERS: Listen to Telephoner’s Description

Telephoner tells teacher which painting she will describe secretly while FINDERS close their eyes.

sources
Sources:
  • http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_four_steps_of_art_criticism