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! Introduce your students to the complexities of art with this aesthetics art lesson plans bundle. These lessons focus on WHAT is art through fun discussion and writing exercises.
Lesson 1 - Why Study Art
Lesson 2-3 - What is art? and Puzzles about Art