I’ve generated a list of 32 questions that can be used when talking about art. Write them on ping pong balls and let students pick them out of a bucket or plastic container to make your art critiques fun and engaging. After you write the questions on the balls, attach the label to the plastic container and you are ready to go!
Hint: If you need to make the label for the container smaller adjust the % in your printer settings, for example make it print at 80% of the actual size.
Ways to Use This Critique
• You can sort through the balls to tailor your critique to certain works of art. However, I’ve tried to make the questions broad enough to fit most works of art. I’ve also tried to incorporate many elements and principals of design in my questions.
• You can use this critique when introducing an artist at the beginning of an art lesson. After doing a critique of the artist’s work and studying it visually, students will naturally want to learn more about the artist and will be more receptive to new information.
• You could also pull out appropriate questions to have students answer when talking about a peer’s work of art at the end of an art lesson.
I hope your students will enjoy this activity! But if you don’t want to use real ping pong balls, I have 2 more options.
• I’ve written the questions on ping pong ball shapes in case you would rather just print and cut out the ping pong balls. This would be an affordable way to make a set for each table or group of students. (Have students help you cut them out!)
• As another option, I also made a design for the back of the ping pong balls (with your choice of black or red print). Run the copies through the printer again, this time printing the back design on the back of each paper. Then cut them out. Students can start with all the ping pong balls turned over on a table, and take turns picking one question at a time.
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