Aesthetics Lessons

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.

Available Resources
  • Lesson Plans and Resources (PDF)
  • Lesson 1: Why Study Art?—PowerPoint (PPTPDF)
  • Lesson 1: Your Art Story—Student Writing Assignment Handout (Word DOC, PDF)
  • Lesson 2-3: What is art? and Puzzles About Art—PowerPoint (PPTPDF)
  • Lesson 2: What is art?—Student Writing Assignment Handout (Word DOC, PDF)
  • Lesson 3: Puzzles About Art—Group Work Activity Sheet (Word DOC, PDF)
  • Bonus File: Object Analysis—Group Work Activity Sheet (Word DOC, PDF)
  • Bonus File: Art about Art PowerPoint (PPTPDF)
  • Bonus File: Puzzles about Art: Call it Driftwood (DOCPDF)
  • What is art? Reflections -- End of Course (DOC, PDF)
  • Adapted for Younger Students (Thanks to Member, Kelly Yerby)
    Why Study Art? (PPT)
    What is art? Intro to Aesthetics and Puzzles about Art (PPT)