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Token Response

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Token response is a game that helps students reflect on the meanings and purposes of artworks.

Token response is a game that helps students reflect on the meanings and purposes of artworks.

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  • 1. Token Response Token Response is an interactive game that helps students learn about art criticism and aesthetics, created by Dr. Mary Erickson and Dr. Eldon Katter. It contains a set of eight tokens (30 each) that represent different ideas about art. The tokens represent personal preference, economic considerations, time expenditure, preference of others, originality, craftsmanship, judgment, and dislike. There are many ways to play the game, making it applicable to all age groups. One example of a way to play the game is to put out several postcards or small prints of artworks on a table. (In a museum, students could place the tokens on the floor in front of each artwork.) Have each student examine the works. Pass out one token to each student and ask them to place their token by the postcard that fits the idea the best in their opinion (the "heart" token represents the work they personally like the best, the "dollar bill" token the one they think is worth the most money, etc.) For younger students you may want to use only one or two tokens but the game is very adaptable. The game is really a discussion tool, as after the students make their choices, you lead them in a discussion about their choices and the reasons why they made them. They discuss ideas about the value of art, originality, and beauty, to name a few. It is also fun to examine patterns that occur, such as if many students choose one artwork as the one they like the best, but another for which they think shows the most craftsmanship. You can ask them why similarities and differences of opinion occur. Token Response can be used over and over with any combination of images, depending on your lesson. The game also comes with reproducible handouts in Spanish and English and a teacher's guide with ideas for how to use it in the classroom and on museum field trips. Through Token Response, students will learn to: Express their opinions effectively Evaluate art with different criteria Differentiate between preference and judgment Respect differences of opinion about art Appreciate the value of art Value their own and others' responses to art Token Response is available from CRIZMAC Art and Cultural Materials, www.crizmac.com.