The aim of this research is to determine the metaphors used by the teacher candidates on artworks produced in the field of painting and to examine the metaphorical perceptions of the teacher candidates who are studying in the Art-Teacher Training Program and the candidates who are studying in other fields. This research was conducted with 159 teacher candidates studying in Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Education Turkish Language Education, Science Teacher Education, Elementary Mathematics Education, English Education, Pre-school Education, Psychological Counseling and Guidance, Music Education, Mental Disability Education, Class Education, Social Studies Education, Computer and Instructional Technology Education and Art Education. In the research, in order to reveal the metaphors that the candidates used related to the artworks, an open-ended interview form was prepared for pieces from Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Klimt and Picasso. In the interview form, teacher candidates were required to complete the sentence that "This painting is like… ;because ... " for four art pieces shown. Teacher candidates’ views regarding artworks has been analyzed with content analysis technique. At the end of the research, it was seen that art teacher candidates created 141 and the other teacher candidates created 345 valid metaphors in total; teacher candidates' perceptions of Kandinsky's piece are negative and abstract, perception of Picasso's piece is iner, perception of Van Gogh and Klimt’s pieces is positive.
Keywords: Teacher, art work, painting, metaphor, metaphorical perception.