ERIC Number: ED455150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Children's and Adolescents' Conceptions in Describing Works of Art.
Chen, Jo Chiung-Hua
In general, children between the ages of four and eight criticize works of art based on their subject matter, color, pattern, or related combinations of these criteria. Between the ages of 8 and 11 children begin to notice their feelings, the artist's ability, and the expressive qualities of a picture. After the age of 11 children become increasingly interested in the evocative qualities of a work. This paper compares how children and adolescents of different grade levels respond differently to works of art, focusing on the following areas: (1) describing works of art; (2) the manner in which they state their preferences; (3) what kind of criteria they use for judging works of art; and (4) the differences between the preferences and judgments they made in responding to works of art. The paper reports that 517 students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and a university were randomly selected from three public schools in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, three schools in Kinman, and one university in Taipei. Each subject was asked to respond to three types of paintings by answering three structured interview questions. The paper presents and discusses findings from the study. Findings suggest that when the individual's aesthetic ability has developed to the highest point, then the individual may no longer separate preference concept from value judgment concept. Contains a figure and 22 references. (BT)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Art Criticism, Art Products, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interviews
Australian Institute of Art Education, C/Suite 125, 283 Glenhuntley Road, Eisternwick, VIC 3185, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Inst. of Art Education, Melbourne.
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan