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Bethards, Connie

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This thesis examined over the course of five years the creative process and the underlying themes informing my personal body of work in clay. I designed a frame- work for implementing similar practices in the creative process and resulting ideas of my high school art students. Developmental practices focused on the use of play, exploration of personal narrative, and introduction of universal themes and post- modern concepts, which were grounded in contemporary studio art making and art education studies. Using methods of conceptual development grounded in these three approaches to developing the creative process facilitated the development of a personal voice that guided both myself and my students to fulfill thought-provoking ideas that were dynamic, reflective, and connected to contemporary studies.

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contemporary arts education; creative process; personal narrative; play; universal themes; visual arts


136 pages

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