In order to successfully guide my students to understand how to critique better, I decided to make a voice thread. A voice thread is a presentation with images and voice overs as another way to teach. I have decided to make a voice thread of a critique exercise because I believe it will be good practice for students to understand and look at the image as I speak. This also can be done individually on their own time so every student can get access to this presentation. What makes this also a neat tool is if I decide to have students do their own voice thread, they can add it onto my presentation and voice over their art piece. This would be a great way for all students to see there students work and see what they have done.
The first step to coming up with this idea was how I was going to approach the exercise. I wanted it to be collaborative and individual. So introducing students to voice thread, they can do a critique on an artist they chose to be talked about after they have gone through my presentation and add onto it. Next I created steps to guide students to understand how to critique by approaching the work differently every time they look at it using a four step sequence:
- Description: Have students make a list of all the things they see in the work without making any kind of judgment about the work.
- Analysis: Have the students pay close attention to which art elements the artist used.
- Interpretation: Have the students explain or tell the meaning or mood of the work. However, have them base this interpretation on what they’ve concluded in the first two steps.
- Judgment: Have students decide whether design qualities and expressive qualities was successful by pointing out where in the piece to support their decision.
Throughout the presentation, they will have to write everything about the piece to guide them to further interpret the piece. After They have gone through the presentation, They can look back at their notes and see how much they have discovered in a single piece and from their understanding what it can possibly mean.
After they have completed this exercise, they should be able to understand the steps to critiquing a piece.
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