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Lesson Plans


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Sat, 11 Jul 1998 11:47:37 EDT

>relativist aesthetics (beauty is in the eye of the beholder) is not useful
for >classroom critiques. standards of aesthetic worth are real and
necessary. do we >all know how to establish a useful criteria for good?
thoughts or comments.

I think involving this philosophy into critiques is very valuable. I do not
like holding critiques that are tightly structured and do not allow comments
that involve a personal reflection of one's own aesthetics, or an emotional
response. It sure makes for more interesting conversations on the elementary
level. I do use criteria as a firm base for critiques, however, if little
Jimmy wants to say that he likes a certain painting because it reminds him of
his mommy; I am not going to discourage his comment. It opens the doors to
more discussion about the power of art, as well as our circles of influence.

>standards of aesthetic worth are real and necessary.

The thought of indoctrinating our children with a set of standards for what
makes "good" art makes me cringe. Aesthetic standards vary through time,
culture and art form. I make certain that children understand what our
aesthetic standards are in the classroom and they may have their own criteria
and values. We often discuss those in critiques too.

My two cents
worth......Dawn in Tucson