Teaching Students How to Critique

One method for teaching students how to critique or analyze artwork effectively is to model a critiquing behavior and ask students to emulate it. Steps to follow are:

1.     Model the behavior.

2.     Students practice the behavior.

3.     Feedback and discussion of the experience.

Ex. Choose a work of art and analyze it out loud, explaining during each step why each step is important. Then have students pair up and choose an artwork to analyze, using the steps and procedures you had modeled for them. Prepare a handout that outlines the various steps you expect them to make while analyzing/critiquing work in order to make this easier. Discuss with them afterwards the pros and cons of analyzing artwork in this way.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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