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Try these Easy Art Critique Worksheets for an Easier Art Criticism Experience for Students

Maybe you have the same problem.  Maybe you can use these Easy art Critique Worksheets, too.

Can we chat about a problem that’s been on my mind lately?  Have you also noticed how difficult it is to get students to really write a good essay anymore?   The days of students crafting sharp, concise essays are becoming a bit of a rarity.  It’s kind of a bummer, isn’t it?  But hey, instead of getting stuck in a nostalgia loop, I’m all about finding fresh solutions that really speak to our students’ art education needs today.

This hasn’t been a change that just happened overnight.  This has been an issue for a while now.  These simple to use, easy art critique worksheets are something I’ve wanted to make for a really long time… like so long that I had forgot about it for awhile.  I happened to be looking for something a couple of months ago and I stumbled upon A SUPER OLD MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT saved in my Google Drive.

It was titled “NOTES FOR NEXT YEAR 2012”  Yeah.  That’s right.  It was from 2012.   I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that that was over TEN YEARS AGO.  But.. that is unrelated.

Anyway, even back then, I wanted to make a resource for my students to allow them to quickly critique a work of art using the 4 step art criticism method… BUT without them needing to write a lot.  I also created PowerPoint and PDF presentations that walks students through each question with examples and definitions so it makes it super easy to show students how to conduct a thourogh critique!

For years (since pre-2012 obviously!) I have taught students how to write a 1 to 2 page Art Crtique paper using my old, trusty Four Step Art Critique Worksheet. It was one of my very first resources I posted on TPT.  I still love it and think it’s really helpful….for some students. You can read more about it here.  However, in the past few years with the ever increasing number of students with IEP’s in my classroom, it’s become more and more of a challenge. 

I knew I needed something new, something different… something, well, easier.   So I set out to find a way for students to still get the same thought processes of the 4 step critique without tasking them to write so much.  TBH, I also wanted something easier for me to grade!  

I am so excited that I FINALLY have these resources finished.  I’m going to be putting them to use in my classroom ASAP.   

These worksheets allow you to cover the Criticism Content Standards in an EASY way! Students get all of the thought processes of a Critique without the hassle of making them write or grading long critique papers! 

I plan to use these with my High School Art 1 classes but they’d be great for Middle School too.   My intention is to introduce them one step at a time.  I definitely wouldn’t use all of these in one class period!  These could possibly be a good lesson for a substitute teacher, too!  Especially once the students have been introduced to the process.  Then, they could do these on their own and maybe even discuss it with a small group.

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For a limited time… just because I love my blog readers SO much… and I really am excited to provide these resources… I’m going to give you a FREEBIE! If you click the button below you’ll get the totally free DESCRIBE an Artwork worksheet and coordinating Powerpoint and PDF Presentation.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know what you think of it! I’d love to hear some feedback on these Easy Art Critique Worksheets!


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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
I love a bad pun and terrible dad jokes. I spend time looking at MBTI memes, cooking, listening to serial killer podcasts and Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat. I also teach yoga and indoor cycling. Click the button below to learn more about me. 

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