Date of Award

Winter 12-18-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. Melody K. Milbrandt

Second Advisor

Dr. Melanie G. Davenport

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Hsieh


Creative development in students is an important aim for the art educator. The visual arts class can be a realm for exploring and nurturing creativity in students. While all students may not grow up to produce works of art outside the classroom, visual arts education can impact a student’s understanding of their own creativity. This paper explores the creativity beliefs of elementary students. The research seeks to understand the implicit theories or beliefs of creativity that shape creative self-efficacy and what factors may influence these beliefs in students.