The world in pictures: Aesthetics and visual culture in the art classroom

Melissa Burger, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

The intent of this thesis is to present an argument for the inclusion of aesthetics and the aesthetics of visual culture within the art education curriculum. Technological advancement has created an age of unprecedented dependence on visual imagery; the pervasive (and sometimes misleading) visual culture of contemporary society affects the way in which individuals understand and relate to their world. The study of the aesthetics of visual culture can impact values within society and culture through the formation of self-identity, maintaining culture, and instituting cultural changes. An engaging visual arts program that builds upon students' lived experiences may be the best possibility for educators to encourage creativity and critical thinking skills in their students.^

Subject Area

Education, Art|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Burger, Melissa, "The world in pictures: Aesthetics and visual culture in the art classroom" (2011). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1494308.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1494308

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