Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Fine Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Susan Power

Second Advisor

Jean Miller

Third Advisor

Susan Jackson


This study focuses on using aesthetics in the art education curriculum. It also suggests a variety of approaches through which art educators may implement aesthetics in the classroom. Discussions of aesthetics were found in writings of Plato and Aristotle and continue to this day. Philosophers have defined aesthetics as a theory of the beautiful. Educators took this idea a step further in developing curricula and methods of educating that include aesthetics. It has been said in art education literature that aesthetics gives those who practice it a more complete understanding of art. To show the extent of benefits that aesthetics can have in art education, examples of aesthetic experiences are reviewed and discussed. The aesthetics as a philosophy of art has developed into methods used in education. These methods will be discussed. Using the knowledge that aesthetics reveals will demonstrate the importance of art through comparative analysis and historical variation. Aesthetics provide important knowledge about art that can give a classroom teacher motivational dialogue and stimulating ideas in teaching art. Helping students to understand the connection between art and aesthetics allows students to know more about and better understand the importance of each.



Art - Study and teaching.