Date of Award

12-6-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr Teresa Ward

Second Advisor

Dr Susan Richmond

Third Advisor

Dr Melody Milbrandt

Abstract

EXPLORING IDENTITY THROUGH SELF-PORTRAITURE by ROSE M BARRON Under the Direction of Dr Melody Milbrandt ABSTRACT 1) Statement of the problem: How can art education help students deconstruct stereotypical imagery and develop meaningful artwork? How can art lessons help students construct positive identity imagery and develop meaningful artwork? 2) Procedures: I field-tested a unit of three lessons based on identity through self-portraiture to help students investigate the topic of identity in relation to personal and cultural sense of self. Student’s artworks, reflections and responses were analyzed. 3) Conclusions: Art lessons can help students construct positive identity and develop positive imagery. Art lessons can help students deconstruct negative stereotypical imagery and develop meaningful imagery. INDEX WORDS: Identity, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Race, Gender, Class, Ethnicity, Contemporary Art Education

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