Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Melanie Davenport

Second Advisor

Kevin Hsieh

Third Advisor

Timothy Flowers


In this thesis project, I examine the importance of artmaking is researched, as explored personally and applied in the classroom in order to further understand implications of art-making and its’ effect on emotional well-being. This thesis references studies and articles supporting art-making as a method of alleviating negative emotions, as a practice in mindfulness, and as a form of knowing. Art-making holds potential for creativity and self-expression. The benefits of art-making as a means to reconcile various emotional challenges or traumatic life events is both documented through research and experienced personally. In applying these concepts, I learned how I could provide opportunity for my students experiencing their own life challenges to explore a similar means of expression through visual art and the practice of making.


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