Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. Melanie Davenport

Second Advisor

Dr. Melody Milbrandt

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Hsieh


This paper explores various art education models and frameworks as resources informing the creation of an eighth grade project-based capstone unit. I reviewed literature and developed a wish list of desirable elements for implementing a series of lessons with a culminating project based final lesson. Based on my exploration, I incorporated elements from many of the models including choice-based art education and capstone projects. After creating the Capstone Unit, I reflected upon possible implications and offer suggestions for its future implementation in other art education environments.