Advisor

Stewart, Connie K.

Committee Member

Goodwin, Donna

Department

Art Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2017

Genre

Thesis

Extent

96 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This thesis considered how the art making process can help foster a stronger sense of self in an individual. This investigation was carried out as an action research study with high school students at a therapeutic boarding school. The purpose of this study was to explore ways to help the troubled teenager, who struggles in finding their identity, to foster a better sense of self. It is through the art making process, with a positive work environment, a medium of exploration, and introspective questions, that a student can begin to have insight on themselves and who/what they identity with in this world. In the future, I plan to carry out these methods of teaching to further help the struggling teen who is having a hard time finding their individuality. Art can be an expression of self and help shape one’s character. This study uncovered the sometimes-hidden truth of what is important to an individual, their experiences, fears, hopes, and desires, portrayed through visual and written language.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

KnivetonARP_2017

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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