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Studies by Theme

The low-residency Master of Arts in Art Education program invites art educators to develop skills in conducting qualitative classroom research.

Students design and implement a pilot research study on the MICA campus during their first summer residency. By the end of the first summer, students will have completed a plan for conducting a case study in their own classroom/instructional settings during the academic year.

The following titles of student Case Study Reports serve as examples of the research interests students have pursued in the MA in Art Education program since the program's inception in 2001.

Published articles are indicated in bold and can be read in their entirety by clicking on the works title.

Copyrighted material. Used with permission of the National Art Education Association. These articles are reprinted courtesy of the National Art Education Association. For more information please contact the National Art Education Association at 703-860-8000.

Art Making and Cultural Identity

2005
  • Stories About Art in Four African American Families, Michaud, J.

2006
  • Voices from the Fields: Migrant Children Speak Through Art, Risso, L.
2007
2009
  • Past, Present, Future: Stories of identity in an elementary art room, Pellish, J.
  • Fantasy Facebook: Artmaking through meaningful and authentic instruction, Ward, A.
2010
  • From Luke Skywalker to SpongeBob: Archetypes and Identity in Artmaking, Speed, E.

Narrative Teaching Strategies

2002
  • An Analysis of a Unit of Narrative Instruction, Hayes, P.
  • Narrative Content in ESOL Students' Drawings, Mautawalli, M.
  • Narrative Drawing Dialogues: A Strategy for Scaffolding Children's Drawing Development, Podraza, S.
  • Jeffrey's Stories: Construction of Preadolescent Student Identity Through Narrative Drawings, Wolf, M.
2003
  • Getting Rid of "Getting It Right": Using a Narrative Strategy to Engage Students in Observational Drawing, Brahm, K.
2004
  • Personal Perspectives: Navajo Children Photograph Their World, Maxfield, K.
2006
  • Realities and Themes Represented in Children's Storyboard Drawings: Reflections on Life Experience and Culture, Tandon, S.
2007
  • How Children Tell Their Story, Freeman, D.
2008
  • A Lens to "Self" in Adolescence: Narrative Instruction Used in Darkroom Photography, Covelli, L.
  • "Nature and I Made This Together": A Case Study of High School Students' Narrative Installations in the Natural Setting, McBrien, K.
2009
  • Narratives of Protection: Transforming a Cultural Image to Represent Personal Experiences, Kloth, J.

Professional Identity of Art Educators

2002
  • A Narrative Study of Three Novice Elementary Art Teachers, Newton, L.
2004
2007
  • Modeling Practice: The Artist-Teacher in the High School Classroom, Cook, L.
2010
  • The Layered Journal: Unraveling My Experience As an Itinerant Art Teacher, Sandagata, E.
2011
  • Thinking Back and Forth: Adaptive Challenges of a Teaching Artist, Campbell, M.
  • Art Teacher to Artist Teacher: Transformation of a Studio Environment, Prishak, L.
2012
  • Observing, Reflecting, Relating: Enhancing Teaching Practices Through Freewriting, Shearer, L.C.
  • Educating Ourselves Through Cooperative Learning, Whelihan, L.

The Creative Problem Solving Process

2003
  • Emily Makes a Self Portrait: A Phenomenological Case Study, Morningstar, A.
2005
  • Scaffolding Creative Problem-Solving in a Computer Art Class, Huntoon, A.
2006
  • The Evolution of an Effective Approach to Instruction in Computer Design, Messersmith, B.
2007
  • "Everyone Tells Me to be Creative but No One Tells Me How": A Descriptive Case Study Examining The Creative Problem Solving Process in a Figurative Painting Unit, Short, L.
2009
2010
  • Ink Blots and Story Plots: Effects of Exploratory Play on the Artmaking Process, Nichols, M.
2011
  • The Messy Classroom: Fostering Creative Resolutions to Open-Ended Art Problems, Kruszynski, E.
2012
  • Motivating Students to Explore Their Own Realities, Emberson, L.L.

Place-based Art Making in Natural Settings

2003
  • Journey of Awareness: Art, Nature and the Adolescent, Salzman, L.
2008
2012
  • The Bottle Shop Project, Kildahl, J. 

Art Making with Special Populations

2004
  • Visual Voices: Art Works by Students in a Special Needs School, McKissic, T.
  • From Cartoons to Rapsters: Themes Outside the Art Room, Nickols, J.
2007
  • "Sometimes I Feels Like Nobody is Listening": A Study of Art Students with Learning Differences, Sonkin, J.
2008
  • "Fight with Your Heart": Teacher-Student Relationships that Reflect Classroom Engagement, Sugar, M.

Holistic Learning and Teaching

2003
  • In the Art Room and Around the Campfire: Students' Perceptions of Community in Two Learning Environments, Comeau, D.
2004
  • Spiritual Themes and Adolescent Art, Mills, T.
2006
  • A Holistic Approach to Teaching a Traditionally Technical Photography Class, Scoville, S.
2007
  • Teacher Talk: Reflections on Holistic Art Education, Garton, A.
  • A Holistic Unit of Study: Engagement in Art Making, Distad, J.

Art-Making in Community Settings

2003
  • Art Classes in a Children's Hospital: An Evaluative Case Study, Bell, A.
2005
  • Following the Art Work Home: An Examination of the Parent/Child Dialogue, Gizzard, C.
2006
2009
  • Realized Possibilities: The story of a relationship between an artist-mentor and an adolescent artist, Chacon, R.
2012
  • Activating the Inner World: Women Developing Artistic Voice and Self-Identity in a Collage Art Workshop, Luycx, A.

Purposes of Art Education Within School Culture

2003
  • The Value of Art: A Middle School Perspective, Wittner, D.
  • "Thank You For Coming and Letting Us Draw": Itinerant Art Teachers Describe Teaching Art from a Cart, Linder, L.
2004
  • Perceptions About the Purposes of Art in a Private Middle School, Parker-Dial, W.
2006
  • Beyond Boundaries: Administrator, Teachers, Parents and Students Discuss Appropriate Thematic Content for Student Art Work, Hallquist-Bergland
2008
  • What's the Point? Examination of Views About Art and the Purposes of Art Education by Students, Parents and Administrators, Alp, C.
2009
  • Finding Familiarity: Making connections to encourage meaningful art production, Haney, K.S.
2010

Student Engagement in Art Making

2002
  • Computers in the Elementary Art Room: A Comparison of the Content of Artwork Generated by Second Graders, Moffett, E.
2003
  • Looking Through the Lens: Meanings in Three Adolescents' Photographs, Opher, C.
2005
  • "Wow, It's Quiet in Here": Engaging the Middle School Student, Buys, S.
  • Drawing Together: Cooperative Learning Strategies, Shuler, B.
2006
  • "I Can't Draw": Adolescents and Fear of Making Art, Laugen, S.
  • Utilizing Instructional Prompts to Influence Adolescent Artistic Expression, Sinclair, D.
2007
2009
  • What Does It Mean to Be Afraid of Making Art in a Fifth Grade Art Class? Neale, K.
2010
  • Spin, Slide, Jump, and Roll: An Encounter With Kinesthetic-Based Art Making, Hartjen, L.F.
  • The Ice Is Melting: Engaging Students Through Issue-Based Art, Wozniak, N.
2011
  • Three-Dimensional Explorations: Building Meaning and Motivation With Non-Traditional Methods, Halcott, M.
  • Setting the Stage: The Power of Performance-Based Pedagogy in the Art Classroom, Kim, R.B.
  • Visual Journals: Experimenting With Substance in a Studio Art Class, Stafford, L.

Art-Based Learning and Cognition

2003
  • Students' Construction of Meaning Through Written Reflections on Artworks: A Case Study, Hanawalt, C.
2004
  • Through the Eyes of Others: Art-Based Learning, Cognition and Empathy, Draina, N.
2007
2008
  • Deconstruct, Construct and Reconstruct: Defining What is Meaningful in a Middle School Art-Integration Unit of Study, Tichenor, A.
  • "Am I Done Yet? Influence of Formative Peer-Assessment Strategies on Middle School Students' Reflections on Quality, Staub, H.
Development of Metaphoric Imagery in Adolescent Artwork
2002
  • Portraits of Ophelia: Metaphors of Self in the Artworks of Two Adolescent Girls, Cook, C.
2005
  • Metaphoric Journeys and Adolescent Art, Zacher, M.

Critical Response to Art and Visual Culture

2002
  • "It's Just Scribbles on a Face": Fifth Graders' Reasons for Preference of 20th Century Artworks Viewed in a Museum Setting, Schmidt, B.
2006
  • Reflections, Connections, and Relationships: The Role of the Critique in a High School Computer Imaging Course, Roach, B.
2008
  • "Art Work that Really Wowed Me": Elementary Students' Response to Modern, Non-objective Sculpture in a Museum Setting, Haffer, N.
2009
  • Rocks to Rocky-ba-Boulder: Using Collections in the Art Classroom, McGeehan, S.
2010
2012
  • Blogging, Zines, and Narratives: New Dialogues in Art History, Belleville, R.
  • Initiating the Dialogue: Empowering Middle School Students to Recognize Their Everyday Relationships With Art, Zanskas, M. A.