Looking at art is easy for most students, but responding with thought is a challenge. This flow chart uses the Feldman Process of critical response to break down the process into four simple steps (using student-friendly language) and guiding questions. Included is a blank worksheet for students to fill in with their own questions and observations.
Use this guide with the whole class to create a discussion, or give students a copy to foster critical thinking. The process of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging allows students to work through Bloom's Taxonomy of learning while enjoying fine art.
I use this form to guide my students' understanding of masterworks in art history, and to help students look at their own work and the work of their peers during critiques.
This is not just for art teachers. Use in the ELA class as a written response, or use in the Reading classroom with illustrations. Use with artwork with historical significance in Social Studies. I'm sure you can think of many more uses for this guide: art history learning center, handout to take on field trip, art bulletin board, etc., etc.
For more resources:
by April Whitehead
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License