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Investigating Assumptions About the Relationship Between Viewing Duration and Better Art Appreciations

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Investigating Assumptions About the Relationship Between Viewing Duration and Better Art Appreciations

Lachapelle, Richard (2009) Investigating Assumptions About the Relationship Between Viewing Duration and Better Art Appreciations. Studies in Art Education, 50 (3). pp. 245-256. ISSN 00393541

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Abstract

This study investigates the widely accepted notion that spending more time looking at works of an results in better an appreciations. To this end, we examined the verbal responses of 34 non-expert viewers to works of public contemporary-art. We structured and conducted the study in such a way as to compare, for each informant, examples of free, self-guided viewing experiences against instances of semi-structured viewing experiences with researcher imposed minimum durations. In this way, we hoped to determine the impact of longer viewing periods on the informants' art appreciation performance by examining changes in cognitive dispositions and in production of interpretive hypotheses about the works of art. According to these two indicators, extended viewing periods were found to have a significant and positive effect on the art appreciation performances of the majority of the non-expert participant in this study. These findings support the notion that there is a relationship between viewing duration and better art appreciations. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Lachapelle, Richard
Journal or Publication:Studies in Art Education
Date:2009
ID Code:975018
Deposited By: ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:17 Dec 2012 20:09
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:39
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