Date of Award

8-12-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Melody Milbrandt

Second Advisor

Melanie Davenport

Third Advisor

Kevin Hsieh

Abstract

This paper focuses on the use and implications of using symbols in personal artwork and in the art classroom. Biological, psychological, and cultural reasons for making art with visual metaphor and personal symbolism are explained. The use of symbolism and visual metaphors in the artmaking process are discussed. Through the analysis of a series of paintings created using personal symbolism, the topic is further explored and researched. Implications and uses for the art classroom are also provided.

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