A Goal in Focus: Finding Values Through Critique

In this project, teacher and students will use methods developed in the Color Cluster, First Memory, Experience of the Unknown, and Special Time and Place projects to aid in the experience, analysis, and critique of works of art.

Step 1: Experience the work.

Our response to a work of art can be affected by our prior experiences and expectations, our commitment as an individual or group to the experience, and the qualities of the time and place (when, where, and under what conditions we experience the art work).

Following the outline form of the Tea Ceremony described in A Special Time and Place, choose an appropriate time and place to watch the video performance of The Road. As a group, choose four qualities that are appropriate to the experience of a work of art.

Use the origins and meanings section of this guide to enhance the discussion and interpretation of The Road.

Step 2: Analyze the experience.

When the video ends, discuss your responses to the work. Compare and contrast the work with other performances you have seen and other forms of art.


Step 3: Write a critique.

Write individual critiques of The Road.

There are many ways to structure a critique. Using what you've learned after watching and discussing the program and participating in some or all of the exercises, write your personal interpretation of the work and provide supporting details to defend that interpretation.

As a way to provide a focus for the critique, list four qualities of the work that were most important to you. In the critique, choose and describe a single event or aspect of The Road as an example. Support your response to the work with a statement that expresses what you value, if anything, in the experience of a work of art.