Music and visual art works have an impact on the same elements, such as rhythm, patterns, colour, and texture. These elements influence the whole work as well as the personal reactions and connections to this art form. Our research focused on music appreciation and visual art to find out how pupils experience and react to both artistic fields. For our investigation we used descriptive and causal methods. The study was conducted at four elementary schools: three from urban schools, and one from a rural location in southwest Slovenia. 186 pupils participated in the study. 92 of them were 6-year-olds, and 94 were 11-year-olds. The pupils were randomly grouped according to age, younger children and older children. For the study, the pupils first listened to the four music excerpts, after that they examined four selected artworks, and at the end they simultaneously listened to each piece of music while examining all the paintings. They were then asked to link each piece of music that was heard to one of the selected paintings. The data received from the questionnaire was analyzed quantitatively. The Chi-Square test was used to check relations between the answers given by pupils from the different age groups. By analyzing the results we discovered that for most of the chosen examples, there were statistically important differences between how younger and older pupils experience art. The children had the least trouble with accordant apperception when dealing with the cleanest and the most traditional artworks and the most avant-garde works. This study demonstrates that appreciation is an ability that can be developed.
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