Aesthetics – Syllabus

8th Grade GT Elective-Theory of Aesthetics

During this semester you will engage in deep conversation that supports the “universal responsibility” and “intense individuality” that usually is accompanied with our minds. A curriculum including philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, and neuroscience will be used as the springboard for these conversations. The class will be driven by goals you set according to your ALP(advanced learning plan) and a multiple intelligence test which you will demonstrate via a Passion Project. With your WordPress academic portfolio, we will create core class extensions that will engage divergent thinking and organizational skills that strengthen executive functioning and autonomy. There will be an online literacy circle component to investigate the book Incognito, by David Eagleman. You will be in focused strength area groups that will culminate with interdisciplinary multi media projects as well. I am very excited to be working with you. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

Thank You

Kimberly Menetrier



Week 1-intro

Week 2-brain, senses, meditation

Week 3-Da Vinci principals

Week 4-philosphy, aesthetics, beauty

Week 5-status and authenticity

Week 6-artistic creativity

Week 7-performer

Week 8-judging art

Week 9-role in society

Week 10-physological activity

Week 11-preferences

Week 12-15-passion projects

Week 16-18- interdisciplinary mutli-major group project


Composition notebook


Edmodo account-please have created by 2 week of school


Students are expected to be in class and on time. If tardies become a pattern they will be addressed via the discipline ladder.


Phones can be an integral part of our curriculum, but can also be a distraction. If phone are out during inappropriate times I will confiscate them.


The culminating grade will be made of three parts: process, product, and project. The content and weight of these assignments is progressive. Process 25%, Product 25%, Project 50%


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