Art Critic Questions for artwork discussions
(From Smithsonian Institute American Art Museum – Education program)
Who or what do you see in this artwork?
– What is going on in this picture? What more can you find?
– What is the largest thing you see in this picture?
– What is the smallest thing you see in this picture?
– Who are these people in the artwork? Are they similar or different from you?
What colors are in the artwork?
– What can you tell me about the colors in this artwork? What color do you see the most?
– What kind of mood or feelings do the color give the artwork?
– Do you like the colors that are in the artwork?
– If you were the artist, would you have used different colors?
Where do you think this scene is taking place?
– What season is it?
– What time of day?
– What kind of weather?
– Is the scene outside? Inside?
Why do you think this artist made this artwork?
– How does this artwork make you feel?
– How do you think the artist feels about this person or thing in the painting?
When do you think this artwork was made?
– Does this scene look like it could be taking place today? Why or why not?
– If there are people, are their clothes similar or different from what you are wearing?
Why or why not?
– Is the scenery similar or different from where you are?
– What does the scenery and the clothing or objects tell us about when this artwork was made?
How do you think this artist made this artwork?
– What types of materials did the artist use? Paint? Clay? Wood?
– How long do you think it took to make?
– How big do you think the artwork is?