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Knowledge vs Beauty

Please refer to attached images (downloadable at bottom of this page) Looking Is this a colourful picture? Why is he naked? Is his body more like the rock to his left or the triangle to his right? How many objects are in this picture? What is the oldest thing in the picture? What is the youngest thing in the picture? Thin...

Ages: Ages 16-18 (KS5), Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3)

Subjects: Aesthetics

Themes: Knowledge, Beauty, Art

Of The Standard of Taste

Preparation: You will need up to eight portrait pictures (e.g. 2 Ruben's portraits, a Titian and a Memling for the first part and a Rubens, a Picasso, a grotesque and an abstract for the second) A couple of music stands to prop the pictures up. Stimulus Part 1 For the first activity, put up the four portraits. The task is to ...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Aesthetics

Themes: Value, Subjectivity, Beauty, Art

The Yeah-Coz-Fingee

  A boy saw a yeah-coz-fingee Standing at the bus stop. If you see a thing like a yeah-coz-fingee Suddenly you just stop. ‘You look strange!’ said the yeah-coz-fingee. ‘Me?’ said the boy.  ‘What about you? Why have you only got one eye?’ the boy asked. The creature said, ‘Why...

Subjects: English

Themes: Prejudice, Fitting In, Difference, Beauty

Two Painters

Stimulus Many years ago in Greece they held a competition to find the best painter. The people of Greece loved beauty in all its forms and tried to find the best in all things. Everyone agreed that there were 2 wonderful painters in the city of Athens, but nobody could decide which of the 2 painters was the better artist. Some people preferre...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Aesthetics

Themes: Subjectivity, Objectivity, Criteria of aesthetic judgement, Beauty