Film Planning Doc


Estimated Timing of Pres 10 minutes


Resource: Does Nail Art Prove That Anything Can Be A Canvas For Artistic Expression?


Topic (why is it significant?): Defining art

Essential Question: What is art?


1.     What is the real life situation under consideration?

Looking at the many functional objects that surround us everyday and are designed for aesthetic appeal, we can question whether or not these objects are art.


2.     What is the TOK knowledge issue(s) (questions) that will be the focus of your presentation?

What is art? What constitutes artistic knowledge? Does functionality negate artistic value? Does art have its own function? Is it necessary to define art? Is a universal definition of art possible?

a.     How will you identify the knowledge issue(s)?

I will identify the knowledge issues by providing examples of situations that prompt these inquiries and then explain the larger idea and concepts that they represent.


b.     How will you show your personal perspective?

I will use examples that are personal to my life.


c.     How will you make connections to other Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge?

I will talk about how art interacts with and uses emotions, reasoning, and perception to produce and spread knowledge. I will use the other areas of knowledge to examine if works in these areas can be considered art.


d.     How will you examine the knowledge claims and possible counterclaims (i.e different perspectives)? Tip: ask yourself, what would someone who disagrees with the claim say, and what reasons would he give? What about someone from a different culture, age group, religion, class, educational background?

I will make knowledge claims about if we can define art in the first place, how useful it is to define art, and how one would go about doing so. I will use counter-claims made by other philosophers and artists about how they define art.


e.     How will you examine the implications of knowledge?

I will examine the implications of this knowledge by examining how our definition of art affects how we produce art and how we obtain knowledge from it.


f.      If there is bias, how will you examine that? What about assumptions and presuppositions?

I will examine the bias we have to what is traditionally considered art: sculptures, paintings, musical composition, dance, etc. I will examine our assumption that the only type of art is what is traditionally considered “the arts”.


Type of Presentation: (list all that will apply)

(all possibilities)



Items you will need (e.d handouts, costumes, script, projector):

(all possibilities)

Microphone, computer, camera, supplies for filming (paper, pen, objects



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