The Aesthetic Domain

“aisthetickos” – the ability to perceive through the senses.

AESTHETIC DEVELOPMENT  RESPONSIVE  Discovery EXPERIENCES Activities – appreciation of natural beauty  Exposure Activities –appreciation of arts  Evaluation Activities –forming judgments and preferences  PRODUCTIVE  Creative EXPERIENCES Activities –creative expression .

Stages of Creative Representation  Age 2-4 Scribble – disordered. and naming scribbles 4-7 Representational Preschematic – symbols  Age  Age 7-9 Schematic – highly individualized visual symbols . controlled.

 Prepare an aesthetics-friendly classroom environment. .  Organize an art center or “creation station” with appropriate materials.Teaching Strategies for Quality Aesthetic Experiences  Model aesthetic awareness and enthusiasm.  Select appropriate music supporting materials.  Provide a variety of creative movement props.

 Value all aspects of the creative expression process. .  Explore the materials before asking children to use them.Teaching Strategies for Quality Aesthetic Experiences  Provide props for dramatics.  Motivate creativity through a variety of strategies.  Teach children to respect and care for materials.

 Provide a large uncluttered space for creative movement.  Involve children in music experiences daily. .Teaching Strategies for Quality Aesthetic Experiences  Avoid making a product when demonstrating a technique.  Begin each movement experience with a similar routine warm-up and end with a similar cool down.

evaluate art.  Discover and use picture book illustrations as works of art. analyze.Teaching Strategies for Quality Aesthetic Experiences  Accept children’s own ideas for creative movement.  Utilize the principle of developmental direction in aesthetic teaching.  Use questions to describe. .

Teaching Strategies for Quality Aesthetic Experiences  Avoid reinforcing only a realistic approach.  Involve ALL of the children in the arts. .

 Use of motivational dialogue.  Use nonverbal reinforcement.Variety of Strategies to Promote Creativity Direct hands-on time with materials  Examples shown of quality art and beautiful craftsmanship  Demonstrate new techniques.  Connect creative experiences to a concept  .  Role-play idea.  Show and discuss pictures of real objects.  Encourage imagining.

Ideas for Unit Songs to teach literacy  Poems. and fingerplays  Use of musical instruments  Field trips to museums  Arts & Crafts  Listen to taped stories  Center-based activities  Easel/paintings  Guest speakers (artists in our town)  Creating songs about topic  Book-making experiences  Murals  Bulletin Boards  . puppets.