Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Churchill, Katharine


This literature review explores the different components that make up art education and how they impact student social and emotional development and well-being. Social and emotional development is defined before going into detail about what the visual arts teach and how they can be an oasis for students that enjoy expressing themselves and have different ways of thinking, all while helping other students develop those skills. There is an overview of the Studio Habits of Mind: Develop Craft, Understand Art Worlds, Engage and Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, and Stretch and Explore, and how these habits encourage social-emotional development in students. Creativity and a focus on child-centered learning is also discussed with regards to the benefits to students as they grow as artists and as well-rounded individuals. Possible solutions for schools and districts are provided to help support the visual arts and student well-being, and the thesis concludes with why the visual arts are vital to schools and are critical to the success of students trying to prepare for the future.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis