Lesson #12: Critiquing the Reduction Prints

Part of the unit: Creating a Portrait Print |


Why is it important to critique our work?
Students will be able to:
Critique their own work and the work of others
Students will understand that:
Artists continually reflect upon the process of making art.

One print from each student, homework assigned during the previous lesson

  • Why is it important to reflect on your work and the work of your classmates?
  • What are the criteria for evaluating this project?  (create a chart that students will use for evalutation)

The teacher should emphasize that critiques are:

  • based on the work
  • constructive in nature



The teacher should ask for a volunteer to show his/her work.  The teacher should offer constructive comments on various aspects of the work:  composition, use of color, print quality.

Students will select their best print and tape it to the wall.  After the prints have been viewed, volunteers can critique their own work or the work of others by giving positive feedback and making suggestions for improvement.

The teacher can ask students to identify works that illustrate

  • good composition
  • effective use of color
  • good print quality
  • Why do artists contually reflect on their own work and the work of others?

Review what you wrote for yesterday's homework.  Add a paragraph explaining what you might do differently after participating in today's critique, if anything.  Give yourself a grade based on the criteria discussed in class.