intro to critiquing for kids
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What is a Critique?Hey, Brush, I heard someone say they were “critiquing” someone else’s painting. What does that mean?
Hi Pencil! A critique is “a critical essay or commentary, especially on artistic work.”
Don’t worry. I’ll show you what I mean!
Okay Pencil, when someone critiques someone else’s artwork, it means they are looking at it really closely and deciding what is good about it, and what should be improved. That person might also decide what a painting or drawing means. A critique isn’t meant to be mean, it’s something that helps an artist to get better.
Sure! I want to improve my paintings.
Oh! Can we try a critique? I want to get better at my drawings!
Okay Pencil! This is your drawing. I’m going to critique it. Hmm…you did a good job creating your center of interest. it’s the tree to the left, the first place my eye goes when it looks at your drawing.
Now for an improvement. Next time, you can use more value in your clouds. Put some darker and lighter areas in them instead of using a single tone of gray.
Thanks Brush! What you suggested will help me improve next time. I’m glad you didn’t hurt my feelings by saying “I don’t like it” or “Your clouds look bad”. You said it in a nice way that will help me get better. Now I’m going to critique your painting!
Wow, Brush! I love your use of the complementary colors of yellow and purple! Using them next to each other helps the painting look brighter.
Hmm…maybe next time, you should add different types of line to give your painting a variety. I see only horizontal lines that you used to make your water and ground. Perhaps a tree with vertical lines in the foreground would help?
So you see, a critique is meant to help the artist who made the artwork improve the next time they make art. When you do a critique on someone else’s art, try to use some artistic vocabulary, instead of just saying “It’s good”, “It’s bad”, or “I like it”. Make sure you say WHY something is good, or why something should be improved. Now, it’s YOUR turn!
Miss W. made this one! Kids, let’s critique it. What are some good things about it? What could be improved? Remember to use artistic vocabulary!
Remember, we made warm color landscapes. Before we critique one another’s paintings, let’s think of some vocab words that we can use when we critique them.