Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Melanie Davenport

Second Advisor

Kevin Hsieh

Third Advisor

Timothy Flowers

Abstract

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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