A Critical Eye

Welcome Art Students!!!

This year we will learn to look at art through a new lens. As an artist, it can be scary to put your work out there for others to see and judge. All artists go through this, but it is important to remember that every work of art speaks differently to each of its viewers and there is always something special and unique in each piece.

It is easy to simply say that you like or dislike a piece of art, but we can also train our eyes to notice specific details that help us better understand the artist, as well as how and why they created the work. This is especially true for certain types of art such as abstract art.

Being an Art Critic means looking closely at a work of art and breaking it down into 4 categories:

Describe– What do you see? Where is it taking place? Who or what is the subject matter? What colours did the artist use? What is the artist’s style?


Analyze– How did the artist use the elements of art (lines, shapes, texture, form, space and value)? What principals of design are used (balance, colour, size, variety, proportion, pattern and rhythm)?


Interpret– What message or story is the artist telling us? What is happening in the art work?


Evaluate– After examining the work closely, what do you think about it? Do you like it? Why or why not? Did the artist succeed in putting out a message or telling a story through their work?


Each month we will discuss a famous piece of art. I challenge you to develop your critical eye as you look closely at each work as an Art Critic.

Our first challenge is:

Francoise, Claude and Paloma by Pablo Picasso, 1954

To learn more about Picasso and his art, you can investigate the following link:


2 Responses

  1. Jordana at |

    I think this piece of art looks like there is a woman and two kids. I think the woman is a teacher and the kids are students doing work and the teacher is watching them do it. There is a lot of different colours. It’s not my favourite piece of artwork but it is very nice.



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