The idea for this critique games comes from mskitlang.com. So far, I have only played this with 4th graders when they completed their Important People Portraits. I am hoping to play with more grade levels throughout the school year.
Students started off by looking at a PowerPoint introducing the game. We watched this video which is a pretty good introduction to art critiques for young kids. Then, I explained what each ticket means:
Students played a practice round with artwork:
The practice round allowed students to see how the game is played. They quickly realized that this is an opinion game and that not everyone will have the exact same answer. In fact, there is no right or wrong answer! I gave the instructions. . .
- Place your sketch with your final artwork.
- Working in teams of two, you will play Criticket with your classmate’s artwork.
- Remember: there is not RIGHT or WRONG answer – this is an OPINION game.
- Be honest about your opinion, don’t pick something just because others did, be original!
- Not everyone has to get a ticket, if you don’t get one it doesn’t mean nobody liked your artwork. This game isn’t about “liking” the artwork, it is supposed to make you think deeper.
. . . and then we got started. Students placed their sketch with their final artwork. They teamed up and did a preliminary walk-around.
After they viewed each of their classmate’s artwork, they started placing their tickets.
When the team is out of tickets, they have to sit back down. When everyone is sitting down, we come back together as a class and discuss. Students get to share why they placed their tickets where they did. The conversation is positive and uplifting, one group of students even applauded for each other. Overall this activity was a great way for students to support one another and show empathy and kindness. I can’t want to do it with another group!
❤ Mrs. K