American Gothic is one of the most parodied paintings ever and it is an artwork that is almost instantly recognizable to all students. Ripe with symbolism and historical context,it is a great painting for an introduction to the fine art criticism process.
This 17 page Powerpoint created by Create and Educate goes through the four steps of the critique process with leading questions and thorough explinations. Educators can guide students through the tiniest details of the painting.
Covering National Standards for Visual Art 4 and 5, this powerpoint and the accompanying project (handout can be printed from the Powerpoint slide) is a rich lesson that excites middle and high school students and spawns thier interest in historical painting.
The included lesson encourages students to make thier own parody of the famous artwork and the printable QR code links to credit line information and fun facts about the painting to reinforce what has been taught.