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Favourite artworks chosen by young children in a museum setting

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Research that set out to determine the aesthetic preferences of young children aged 26 was conducted at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio. Fifty children were randomly selected and taken into the museum. Each child was asked to walk around and view artworks. Works that held their attention for one minute were considered to be of aesthetic interest. After they expressed interest in a particular work the children were questioned about it and their responses were recorded. This provided insights into their selections. The findings were that these young children liked both abstract and realistic art. Particular aesthetic qualities that interested them included shiny surfaces, and gold and silver objects. They chose to view furniture such as chairs and cabinets and dinner ware, not just paintings.
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Keywords: aesthetic preferences; artworks; museums; young children

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Toledo, USA.

Publication date: 2006-11-27

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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