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<bold><underline> Life Centered Lesson Plan</underline>
Lesson Title</bold>: The Aesthetic Experience and the Everyday
<bold>Grade Level</bold>: High School (10-12)
<bold>Idea: </bold> Teach students how to find aesthetic value and
meaning in their everyday experiences.
<bold>Issue:</bold> Reinterpreting our immediate environments as a way
to challenge and transform the traditional perception of the
aesthetic experience that is most often associated with art viewed
within a museum environment.
</bold> Identify traditional interpretations of aesthetic values and
meanings, and discuss why it is necessary to transorm these menanings
in order to develop greater potential for an aesthetic response to our
Identify the aspects of everyday life that have, for the most part
been taken for granted, but that have the potential for being
aesthetic. Discuss the terms tradition, transition and transformation
and how they can be applied to aesthetic values and meanings.
Teach students to recognizing that aesthetic value is not limited to
a formal art setting and that we interact with it everyday. As an
example, show slides of the work of Georgia O'keefe, and draw
student's attention to the way she made us more aware of the details
that exist around us that are virtually ignored. What do we pass by
everyday and disregard simply because it does not meet the aesthetic
demands that we traditionally refer to as art?
1. </bold> Begin by asking students to define what art is and have
them justify their answers as a way of showing them how we bring
meaning to the objects that we interact with on a daily basis.
<bold>2</bold>.Investigate the environment we interact with
everyday. List the details we walk on everyday, but never notice,
such as the patterns of the bricks on the sidewalks, or the patterns
on the man-hole covers.
<bold>3.</bold> Select a series of items, ie.. man-hole covers,
and make clay impressions of the variety of patterns they contain.
<bold> 4</bold>. Cut the impressions into 5"x5" tiles
<bold>5</bold>. Create a mural with the tiles. How has our
response changed now that we have transformed and redefined something
mundane into something with greater aesthetic value and meaning? How
did critical interaction with our environment change the way we see it
as well as our aesthetic response to it? What has changed more, the
way we see or the way we respond? How would you now answer the
question "What is art?"