Sense of Composition as Indicator of Artistic Imagination



The aim of the research presented in this article is to study the role of the sense of composition in the structure of artistic imagination. Based on the analysis of different researches this article interprets the artistic imagination as an independent process aimed at creating an artistic image correlated with the material, anticipating genre, composition and stylistic features. This process includes such aspects as purpose, sense of material and sense of composition. The article presents the data of the first approbation of two methods which diagnose “sense of composition” (“Spot” and “Sheet of paper”). 33 students took part in the approbation (14 of them were students of the art faculty, 19 of them were a control group). As experts in the study participated 3 art сritics. The results of approbation of the methods of diagnostics of compositional thinking ("sense of composition") showed a significant connection between the compositional characteristics of the image and its expressiveness.

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Keywords: imagination, artistic imagination, sense of composition, diagnostics of artistic development, the expressiveness of the artwork

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Adaskina A.A. Sense of Composition as Indicator of Artistic Imagination [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psychological-Educational Studies, 2017. Vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 51–64. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2017090406. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Anna A. Adaskina, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Educational Psychology named after prof. V.A. Guruzhapov, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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