A critique is a discussion about a piece of work, involving the maker and an audience (usually peers). It is helpful to look at a critique as a constructive “information sharing session” rather than an opportunity to criticize the art or artist. Remember, we are in school to learn. By sharing our opinions and ideas, we are helping each other to improve. Please do not worry about “offending” the artist–s/he is fully aware that s/he is here to get all of the feedback they can. It is up to the individual artist to accept or disregard the opinions and advice given by their peers. Above all, keep it fun!

The artist:

–describe your process (i.e. choice of subject matter, any changes in plans, techniques), and how you arrived at your final result
–how did you know it was finished?
–what was your intention or idea behind this piece, and what strategies did you use to convey them?
–if you could do this again, what would you do differently, if anything?

The audience and the artist:

–strengths and weaknesses of a piece
What makes a piece work, and why
What doesn’t, and why
What do you like? What do you not?
–Composition–balance, tension. Is it boring? Is it too busy? Where does the eye go to first? And then where? Is the eye led out of the piece?
–variety of marks, colour, etc.
–subject matter and context
–if this was your piece, what would you do differently, if anything?
–what was the intention with this piece, and is that being communicated? How important is that?
–does the piece work on more than one level?

Some phrases to help you get started:

What really caught my eye was__________ .
That artwork shows__________ really well.
I think__________would improve that artwork.
I’d like to see more of__________ .
That artist is really skilled at__________.
I am a little confused by__________ .

Vocabulary that may help you articulate:

Line: line, edge, contour, points of change, outline, linear restatements, static, dynamic, descriptive, expressive, gestural

Shape: flat shape, three-dimensional, scale, ratio, interval, spatial relationships

Value/texture: value scale-range, value structure, value key, value contrasts, tone, texture, pattern, highlight, shadow core, reflected light, rendering, modeling

Spatial: weight, mass, form, surface, volume, motion, direction, foreshortening, depth, illusory, plane, plane-change, proportion

Composition: balance, design, positive-negative, figure-ground, cropping, picture frame, frame of reference, layout, golden section, grid, serial organizational systems (symmetry, asymmetry)

Technical: scale, size, dimensions, measurement, plan, front, side, elevation, orthographic, projection, paraline, axonometric, isometric, perspective (one, two and three point, natural perspective), vanishing point, horizon line, convention

Style: freehand, sketch, thumbnail, presentation, representation, nonrepresentational, abstract, illustration

Analytical: perceive, perception, metaphor, narrative

Conceptual: aesthetics, expression, interpretive, analytic, theory, concept, idea, communication, criteria

Japanese Designers Create Nameless Paints to Revolutionize How Children Learn about Colors

Japanese Designers Create Nameless Paints to Revolutionize How Children Learn about ColorsBy Anna Gragert September 28, 2015FacebookTwitterDesign duo Ima Moteki is determined to revolutionize how young children address the colors of the rainbow. To help get kids’ creative juices flowing, Nameless Paints was designed to represent colors without labels. Instead of giving each shade a specific name, various circles represent primary colors that were blended to make the color at hand. The size of the circle also portrays the specific proportions that were used. “By not assigning names to the colors we want to expand the definition of what a color can be, and the various shades they can create by mixing them,” explains Yusuke Imai, who makes up half the design team with Ayami Moteki.To help children effortlessly learn about color theory, Nameless Paints will be sold by Japanese stationary brand Campus. This collection of 10 paints will launch in October and will retail for 1800 yen (about $15).Nameless Paints: Website via [Spoon & Tamago, Bored Panda]

Source: Japanese Designers Create Nameless Paints to Revolutionize How Children Learn about Colors – My Modern Met