Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Melody Milbrandt

Second Advisor

Melanie Davenport

Third Advisor

Kevin Hsieh


This thesis presents a visual art curriculum designed to address specific developmental stages and desires of creative and cognitive growth of art students in grades six and seven over the duration of a nine-week session in a public middle school. It is intended as an instructional resource for middle school visual arts teaching practitioners to guide their sixth and seventh grade students to develop greater proficiency towards the mastery of drawing skills with activities that promote those skills at the time when many learners often express great interest in learning to draw more realistically. The study and practice of drawing allows invaluable opportunity for students to learn to analyze, sustain focus and concentration, compare and contrast, observe closely, expand upon ideas in a creative manor, and utilize the combined efforts of our two most powerful human tools; our minds and our hands.