ERIC Number: ED393413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Aesthetics for the 21st Century: Another Challenge for Education.
Fredette, Barbara W.
This paper distinguishes several closely interrelated aesthetics terms, establishes criteria for and facets of the aesthetic experience, and examines aesthetic theories which have guided values systems for imagery of the past and present. These include: (1) mimetic theories of art as imitation; (2) instrumental theories of art as teacher; (3) expressive theories of art as feeling; and (4) formal theories of art as form or composition. What needs updating is the list of aesthetic qualities that must be apprehended in order to develop an educated stance toward new technologically-based forms of imagery. Notions of craftsmanship and personal creativity are changing. Children of the future will especially need to be literate with data and images that are in motion, like animation and holography. They should probably begin, however, with the production of art, and then move to aesthetics as philosophic inquiry, or critical reflection and analysis of exemplars. Some basic competencies are listed from the "aesthetic valuing" section of an elementary art curriculum. (Contains 18 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Artistic Thought; Visual Imagery
Note: In: Verbo-Visual Literacy: Understanding and Applying New Educational Communication Media Technologies. Selected Readings from the Symposium of the International Visual Literacy Association (Delphi, Greece, June 25-29, 1993); see IR 017 742.