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Art criticism is the process and the result of thinking carefully about art.  It involves the description, analysis and interpretation of art.  It does not always include a stated judgment of worth or value.  This lesson is designed to help students further their art education experience and improve their art criticism skills.

Given an art reproduction, students will identify the elements of art and principles of design and accurately apply them in a written critique.

Behavior demonstrated that acknowledge achievements of the goal:

  1. Will be able to identify, analyze and apply the elements of art.

  2. Will be able to identify, analyze and apply the principles of design.

  3. Will be able to apply a grading rubric for writing critiques and be able to differentiate between the expectation levels.

  4. Will select an art reproduction and be able to analyze it and apply the elements of art and principles of design.

  5. Will report the formal critique based on the art reproduction.

Final Goal:

Upon completion of this instructional activity learners will be able to successfully analyze, interpret and critique artwork by applying the elements of art and principles of design.