For this assignment, the students are put into small teams, and are required to arrange images they may or may not have seen before into a hierarchy of "most artful" to "least artful".
If done properly, the activity forces students to fight for their own taste, and engages the group in a dialogue about what they value most in a work of art. This process helps the students realize the subjectivity of art.
As the students work in groups to arrange the order of merit among the images they've been given, they are also asked to defend their position as a group in an informal presentation to the class. As a class, we will look at the top three and bottom three images chosen by each group, and those groups will discuss why they chose to put the images in that particular hierarchy.
As they present the images, the instructor gives the students the background context of the images they chose, in an effort to help the students understand that knowledge often feeds appreciation, especially with art.