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Aesthetics questions - "Bell Ringer Questions"


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 11 2003 - 10:25:35 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

A Getty list member posted that she puts aesthetics questions on the board
everyday for her high school students to do as they enter the room. They are
eager to write the answers in their journals (I believe this technique comes
from Harry Wong). I thought this would be an EXCELLENT topic to put on
Incredible Art Department. I asked Gail for some of her questions. She
replied they come from a book "Thinking Through Aesthetics" by Marilyn
Stewart. I wondered if I could put some on the site.... I think if everyone
who has the book would post some of the questions and cite the source, I
would be within copyright law. Gail is going to come up with maybe ten good
ones. I'd like to see this thread grow. Post your own aesthetic questions -
or any you may have used from Marilyn Stewart's book.

I'll start by posting some questions I found on a pdf file:
What makes an artwork good? Do standards for good artwork stay the same in
all cultures?
Does art mean the same in every culture? In every group?
Who determines the meaning of an artwork, the artists or the viewer?
Do meanings of artworks change over time? If so, how?
Do artworks tell us about the world or culture in which they are made? How
is this possible?

PLEASE post more questions that can get students developing those H.O.T.S.
(higher order thinking skills).
I will be compiling all of these to post on the Incredible Art Department
(just be sure to site your sources if not your own questions)

Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department

P.S. for Maggie White - I hope we get some response.