How does art appreciation promote artistic inspiration?

AbstractThrough art appreciation, viewers are sometimes inspired to express or implement creative ideas. Such an experience is thought to be important for art learning. In this study, we conduct a questionnaire to examine how art appreciation promotes creative inspiration in non-experts. We hypothesize that: (a) individual experience of art-related activities and self-evaluation of artistic expression affect creative inspiration, mediated by the method of appreciation of artworks; and (b) the type of artworks affects creative inspiration, mediated by the method of appreciation of artworks. The participants were 373 adults, who were not art professionals (179 women, age: M = 45.02, SD = 13.45, range: 20-69 years). The data are analyzed using structured equation modeling for the two hypotheses. The two hypotheses are mostly supported, suggesting that self-evaluation of artistic expression and the type of artworks (especially classic works of art) influence creative inspiration, mediated by the method of appreciation of artworks. However, experience of art-related activities has no significant direct effect on inspiration for artistic creation.


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