How Should We Look At Art

Chapter 2:1
Philosophy of ART
TEKS 1A, 3A, 4B
Chapter 2:1
TEKS 1A, 3A, 4B
As a Student I will identify
factors that might
determine whether or not
something is art.
I will describe the aesthetic
experience and why
it is important.
Philosophy of art-the asking and
answering all kinds of questions
about art.
Design-logical harmonious
relationship among all the parts of
an art work
Traditional-has a very familiar and
recognizable form or style
Abstract-does not recognize things
you see in real life.
Philosophy-asking the serious hard
questions and trying to answer them.
Philosophy of art asks the same type
of questions.
Look at art quiz objects from chapter
What do these objects have in
Is the relationship of the
animals in this cave painting
Does a stuffed goat with a tire around its
middle have a good design?
They are placed haphazardly and some are not finished.
Does a ceramic
briefcase have a
better design than a
real briefcase. Which
is a work of art, which
is not, why or why
Many things that are not art can have a good design.
Write a paragraph of 3-5 sentences answer this
question…What do these things have in common?
What is the role of
ART Philosophers?
 In What ways does a Sikorski X Wing plane demonstrate high
standards of unity and balance?
 Is it ART?
To ask a series of questions about art
To discover how to evaluate art
To study how people respond to art
To study how art relates to lives and societies
Define DESIGN…
The plan that artist use to organize the art elements…line, shape, form, space, color, value, and texture.
 If something has good design, is it necessarily
good ART?
Not always
Sort the images on this slide into three categories:
not ART
Sikorsky X Wing plane
Charlie Brown
Magnified crystals of vitamin
Teddy bear
porcelain throne
Ceramic briefcase
David by Michelangelo
All of the previous slides could be considered art depending on
the context in which they are used.
Crystallized vitamins hanging in a museum would be considered art,
however located in a science book not likely
Canadian Artist Marilyn Levine began creating realistic clay
Often they look like worn leather jackets, shoes or briefcases. She
reinforced clay with nylon fibers before rolling it into thin slabs to
construct the leather-like forms. She sees the way leather becomes
marked and shaped with use as a record of how humans used it.
Aesthetic Experience
What is it.
Art works do not have to be useful…
•Sometimes it is referred to as the ah-ha experience or got ya experience..
•The theory of perceiving and enjoying something for its beauty and pleasurable qualities to
explain and categorize our responses to art forms.
Pick three of the most beautiful visual things to you and describe each of them in a paragraph.
Include which of these you usually think of as ART.
•4th paragraph-explain: Why should you not depend entirely on your aesthetic experiences in
determining if something is art?
•New and different experiences will influence how one appreciates art work.
•Which of these images is not usually considered art?
•What is the difference between what is usually considered art and what isn’t?
•Which one was intentionally created as ART?
•John Vogel
Joseph Alberts
•HUMAN INTENTIONS is a necessary factor
in determining whether or not something is
•List some factors that will determine whether
something is to be considered an artwork.
•Describe 7 of the most beautiful things you
have ever seen.
• Are these works of ART?
Glance through this book
Pick pictures or objects which do not feel like
a good representation of aesthetic ART or
they would not expect to be called ART.

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