I always start out my art appreciation classes with some discussions on what is art and the nature of art. It gets the students in the mindset that they have to THINK in this art class, and all of the discussions are usually a lot of fun!
As a part of my Museum Art School curriculum, I have developed a bundle of aesthetics lessons, complete with lesson plans, PowerPoints, ready-to-use editable student activity sheet handouts, artwork questioning strategies, and assessment questions.
What is Aesthetics?
Aesthetics is the philosophy of art. Every time you say “My kid could have done that!” in a museum, you are engaging in an aesthetics discussion worthy of the great philosophers.
Examples of “aesthetic questions” include:
- What is art?
- What is an artist? Can it be art if it was not made by an artist?
- Why is that art and that not?
- Why did that artwork sell for $4 million?
- Does art have to be beautiful to be considered art?
- Are a child’s drawings art?
- Can something be art that wasn’t intended to be art?
Why Teach Aesthetics?
So much of a child’s education is concrete and filled with correct answers. There are no right answers in aesthetics. This helps a student’s creativity, confidence, and problem-solving skills. Art is not one thing, and discussing aesthetics helps students learn the depth and complexities of art.
Aesthetics Lesson Bundle
Introduce your high school and college students to the complexities of art with this aesthetics art lesson plans bundle.
This resource includes:
- Lesson: Introduction to Art/Why Study Art
- Lesson: What is art?
- Lesson: Aesthetics Puzzles about Art
- Lesson: Object Analysis – Art/Artifact
- Aesthetics Artworks: Art about Art with Discussion Questions
- Aesthetics Assessment Questions
- 13 page PDF with lesson outlines, discussion questions, assessment questions, and resources
- 5 PowerPoint files
- 4 Printable and editable student activity sheets (each in 2 formats–pdf and doc)
If you are a member of The Art Curator for Kids Resource Library, you can get this lesson and all of my other resources for one low monthly fee. Find out more information here.
You can also buy this lesson a la carte through the below links.
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