Critical Thinking Skills

Active Critical Thinking Skills

Four Steps to Reading Art

Step 1: Tell

Step 2: Scrutinize

Step 3: Deduce

What do you think the artist was trying to say? Why did the artist create this artwork? What do you think it means? What feelings do you have when looking at this artwork? Do you think there are things in the artwork that represent other things such as symbols?

Step 4: Conclusion

Do you like this artwork? Do you think it is a good artwork? Do think it is an important artwork? Would display this artwork in your home? Is this artwork good enough to put in a museum? Justify your opinion. Explain why you feel the way you do about this artwork based on what you have learned about it.

The Art Critic: After going through the critical thinking process, write a critique about the artwork using the information you have gathered.