Emotional Response of Artists to their Best Paintings
The goal of this paper is to assess the magnitude and duration of emotional response of artists to their own best artwork. A group of 55 artists with extensive experience in juried art shows were asked to rate their emotional response and duration to their best paintings on a scale of 1 to 5. They were also asked to rate their level of art experience. The responses of a much smaller group of college undergraduates in a painting class were also evaluated. The data was then analysed as a function of experience, age, gender and duration of emotional response. Effect sizes and confidence levels of 95% with lower and upper confidence intervals were calculated for the comparisons. The study shows that highly experienced artists show more emotion regarding their artwork and the duration last longer than less experienced artists. Furthermore, age and gender of the artist make a difference in the level of emotion. The implications of this research to art education is also addressed.
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