Art Critique Worksheet & Group Activity
It’s important for students to develop the ability to talk about artwork in a way that’s both constructive and meaningful. In learning to discuss famous (and less famous) pieces of art, students start to develop a language unique to the Arts. This art critique worksheet and group activity aims to make the act of writing about art exciting for elementary art students!
Peer critiques are especially important because they lead to direct suggestions to help improve the artmaking process. Critiques aide the development of critical thinking skills and the ability to reflect on the process of artmaking, both it’s strengths and weaknesses. They improve the end result for the young artist and yet, it can be difficult to get some students to want to engage in peer critiques. They often feel like they’re being personally judged and not the artwork.
But how do we bridge that gap in the elementary art room when we’re working with kids who often display a fixed mindset about their abilities?
The best way is to begin with learning to critique famous pieces of art first. In that scenario, the critique becomes more objective than subjective. Once they are familiar with doing these types of artwork assessments, then move on to peer critiques. These can be done in two ways: individually or in groups.
This resource is aimed at teaching students to peer critique. That’s the end goal. But it can also be used to discuss famous pieces of art, too
Prepping the Art Lesson
This art lesson is designed for flexibility. If you haven’t done any art reflections with your students yet, I’ve structured this resource so you can begin with a group critique of a famous artwork. Then, you can work towards peer critiques.
You can either give students the full or half page worksheet and have them critique another student’s artwork. Or you can do it as a full class group activity to make the ice cream sundae.
In the later case, you’ll print out bowls, spoons, and scoops for students. This will be based on how many critiques are happening at once.
- 1st – 5th Grade
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF (Includes 1 full sheet and half page peer critique worksheets to work on individually, 16 critique scoops, and 1 page of bowls and spoons)
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource of the full page art critique worksheet (also for use on Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Microsoft OneDrive)