This PowerPoint presentation leads middle school students in a discussion about beauty and aesthetics in art. Aesthetics means “pleasing to the eye,” but it is important to consider how many different ways an artwork can look good. Not all artists use gorgeous models to paint, and art viewers should consider why artists will paint unconventional subjects. Viewers should also think how art can look good even if it doesn't depict supermodels with flawless features.
No preparation is necessary because this PowerPoint comes with lecture notes to help lead a discussion to get deep answers from the students. This lesson focuses on Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Portrait of an Old Man with a Young Boy, which is a Renaissance painting a boy with his grandpa, who has a unique nose.
This lesson works well within a larger unit on Renaissance art such as Huzzah! Renaissance Lecture and Notes
, but it can stand on its own as an aesthetics lesson.
This download includes “Does Artwork Have to be Pretty? Beauty and Aesthetics” PowerPoint and a printable PDF lesson plan.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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