Aesthetics Lesson 4: Theories

Explore Aesthetic Theories through Art History
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Andy Warhol, Brillo Boxes, 1964, Installation at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA ©AWF 

This lesson uses discussion prompts to guide students' awareness of various beliefs about art. Through the powerpoint presentation and writing activities, students develop a knowledge of how art history evolves in tandem with philosophical aesthetic theories.

Suggested Time Frame:

Activity, "I believe" statements: 15 minutes
PowerPoint Part 3 & Handout introduction: 30 minutes
Writing Assignment: 30-60 minutes

Total time: 1-2 hours  

Objectives:

  • Students learn about theories of aesthetics through art examples and philosophical quotations
  • Students apply aesthetic theories in their analysis of Andy Warhol’s Electric Chair prints
  • Students discuss their own perspectives about aesthetic theory
 
Procedure
Artworks used in Handout 4.2 that illustrate various aethetic theories
Artworks used in Handout 4.2 that illustrate various aethetic theories
  1. Use the Aesthetics Handout 4.1 ("I believe" statements) to warm-up. Students should number their top three personal beliefs about art. Tally the class results and discuss students’ choices and what larger cultural forces, experiences and values influence them.
  2. Use the PowerPoint Presentation Part 3 to introduce historical aesthetic theories.
  3. Present the Aesthetic Handout 4.2 Theories Table.
  4. Have students work on Aesthetic Handout 4.3  (Aesthetic Theories writing prompts) individually or in small groups.
 
Assessment

Warhol Education Rubrics

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Critical Thinking
Aesthetics
Communication
Historical Context
Media and Related Items
Presentation
PowerPoint for Introducing Aesthetic Theories in Art History
PowerPoint for Introducing Aesthetic Theories in Art History