Art education process includes a theoretical and practice based holistic approach. The basis of the holistic approach is the integration of many theoretical infrastructures such as art history, art criticism, aesthetics, visual culture, interdisciplinary relations, multiculturalism based on the art discipline with practice-based process. Art education process in Turkey includes theory and practice-based interaction in general. However the students had some troubles to interact theory and practice. In this context, in this study, it is aimed to reveal students' views on the possible interactions between art criticism based content and studio art process, based on the interaction of theory and practice in the art education process. The research has been structured within the framework of a case study based on qualitative research method. The participants of the study are 7 students and 3 instructors who conduct art criticism and studio art classes at Anadolu University, Faculty of Education, Arts Education Department in the fall semester of the 2018-2019 academic year. Research data were collected by semi-structured interview method. Descriptive analysis was used to analyze the research data. The results obtained based on the findings of the research are as follows: It can be indicate that art criticism, which aims to develop students' critical perspectives on artistic processes, reflects positively on practice based fields. Students who develop artistic processes with a critical viewpoint can reflect themselves better. Based on the opinions of the instructors, it is emphasized that art criticism, which has an important place in the social lives of individuals, is important in raising individuals with high awareness. The difficulties that students encounter in the process of interconnecting art criticism and studio art classes is also an important point that emerges in the research results. The fact that students have awareness of art criticism as well as some prejudices and generalizations is also emphasized according to the research results.
Keywords: Art education, art criticism, major art studio, basic design