Jessica Russo Scherr
Choose to write it in full sentences or fill in this Critique Grid.pdf or create your own grid.
This critique should be typed, double spaced and include a picture of the artwork. Label the different sections!
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DESCRIBE (What do you see?)
This stage is like taking inventory.
Try to figure out what the artist has done to achieve certain effects.
INTERPRET (What can you interpret?)
Try to figure out what the artwork is about. Your own perspectives, associations and experiences meet with THE ANALYSIS of the work of art. All art works are about something. Some art works are about color, their subject matter, and social or cultural issues. Some art works are very accessible — that is, relatively easy for the viewer to understand what the artist was doing. Other works are highly intellectual, and might not be as easy for us to readily know what the artist was thinking about.
EVALUATE (What does this mean to you?)
This is a culminating and reflecting activity. You need to come to some conclusions about the artwork based on all the information you have gathered and on your interpretations.
Just about every example is from a former student of mine. Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.
How to earn a good grade on your homework
Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.
Homework assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.
All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).
Fill the A4 Page of your journal.
Include a background when applicable.
Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.
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