Although February is the month of love, you may not be loving the level of engagement your students are showing around the 14th. If you’re looking for a fun way to get your students talking while embracing Valentine Fever, this critique game is for you!
This informal activity teaches students to analyze art in a way that feels more like play than work.
Try it out in your classroom to build a sense of community and introduce art criticism in a low-pressure way. Download your copy below!
- This game works well for students in grade three and up. However, if you’re trying it with the elementary age group, check out the special modifications below.
- Review the steps of how to make a Valentine and have an anchor chart or other visual aid for students to reference.
- Have students partner up, then list three things that they like about each other’s art.
- Give them the option of using a familiar Valentine poem to make their critique, such as, “Roses are red, violets are blue. I like how you_____________. And how you _____________ too!”
- This lesson could also provide a great cross-curricular component. You could partner up with a classroom teacher and have students complete the writing portion of the assignment in class.
- If you don’t have artwork ready for critique, try this activity with students making Valentines for a famous painting they love.
Do you do anything for Valentine’s Day in your classroom? Tell us about it!
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