VVm036 Psychology of Art

Faculty of Education
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 1 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
prof. PaedDr. Radek Horáček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PaedDr. Hana Stehlíková Babyrádová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PaedDr. Hana Stehlíková Babyrádová, Ph.D.
Department of Art – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Mgr. et Mgr. Jana Nedomová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Art – Faculty of Education
Mon 15:00–15:50 učebna 15
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 7 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
Learning outcomes of the course unit The aim of the course is to familiarize students with basic psychological functions of artwork and principles of psychological evaluation of art. The student acquaints himself with aspects of psychological interpretation of the works of individual authors and learns to recognize the possibilities and influence of psychology in the perception of art.
Learning outcomes
- the student acquires the ability to interpret selected works of art in terms of psychological content from an age-old audience
- the student is competent to create casuistic interpretations of selected works of art
- is able to distinguish personality types of approaches to creation
- presents a series of psychological characteristics of art in selected development periods
  • Development of the relationship between psychology and art. Creative act. Creativity.
  • Artist as subject of psychological research. Biography of creative personalities.
  • Art creation and pathology. Deeply psychological interpretation of the work.
  • Artwork and psychology. Psychological interpretation of the work of art. Work and sign. Art Languages.
  • Perception of artwork. Psychophysiology of vision.
  • Psychology of the recipient, art consumer.
  • Art as a factor of personality formation.
    required literature
  • HUYGHE, R. Řeč obrazů ve světle psychologie umění : Les puissances de l'image, bilan d'une psychologie de l'art (Orig.). 1 vyd. Praha: Odeon, 1973. 311 s.
  • GARDNER, H. Dimenze myšlení. Praha: Portál, 1999. 398 s.
  • KULKA, J. Psychologie umění. 2. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2008. 435 s.
  • KESNER, L., ELKINS, J. Vizuální teorie : současné angloamerické myšlení o výtvarných dílech. 2. vyd. Jinočany : H & H, 2005. 372 s.
  • DACEY, J. S., LENNON, K. H. (1985). Kreativita. Praha: Grada. 250 s.
    recommended literature
  • DAVIDO, R. Kresba jako nástroj poznání dítěte. 2. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2008. 205 s.
  • HELUS, Z. Úvod do psychologie. Praha: Grada, 2011. 317 s.
  • PRINZHORN, H. Výtvarná tvorba duševně nemocných. V Řevnicích: Arbor vitae, 2009. 390 s.
  • ARNHEIM, R. Towards a psychology of art. London: Faber and Faber, 1966. 369 s.
  • ŠICKOVÁ-FABRICI, J. Základy arteterapie. 2. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2002, 176 s.
  • ARNHEIM, R. Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye. Berkeley. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1969.
  • ARNHEIM, R. Visual Thinking. California: University of California Press, 1972.
  • ELKINS, J. Proč lidé pláčou před obrazy. Praha: Academia, 2007. 208 s.
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, homework, reading
Assessment methods
In conclusion, a series of psychological case studies of the authors of 20th and 21st century artistic creators of paintings is completed, supplemented by 20-picture documentaries.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
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