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Speed Date Critique

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

  • Background Information: Speed Date Critique originated from a professional development activity we did for an ice breaker between the teachers. I thought it would be fun to incorporate into art critiques to help students with quick meaningful feedback to their peers.

  • I use a bell to signal the artwork and rotation change. Only one row of students will rotate. The other row will stay in place. Once a full rotation has been made, I either instruct the students to find someone they have not yet met with or we wrap it up for the day.

  • I have put timers on the board to help with pacing, or I have signaled a change if I feel the conversations are dying down.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will critique the work of their peers.

  • The student will reflect upon the artistic choices of their artwork.

Enduring Understanding(s):

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed

  • Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.


  • Students are given instructions to provide two "glows" and one "grow" to their peers. (What did they do well? What is the most successful part of their piece? What can they improve on?) Avoid statements such as "I like this because it's cool."

Acitivity Duration: 25-30 minutes

  • Introduction and Instructions: 5 Minutes

  • Critiques: 1 Minute per artwork, Total of 2 Minute Critiques, times how every many rotations the teacher prefers

Reflection Questions:

  • What is important about peer critiques?

  • What type of feedback was helpful from peers?

  • How do peer critiques help artists improve their artworks?

Happy Speed Dating!


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