Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Kaatz, Steven


The present literature review is guided by the question: What benefits would the inclusion of art as therapy techniques in a k-5 classroom setting bring to all students, regardless of their mental health status, including students who are typical, as well as students receiving special services such as those for crisis, for trauma or with disabilities? A global literature review of material from 2007-2017, investigated the use of art therapy to benefit children’s wellbeing. Relevant information collected points to a potential for the use of art as therapy for children in schools as a preventative measure to build resiliency and other pro-social skills for children in an academic setting. The resulting research reveals limited data correlating art as therapy and schools. This thesis reviews the literature and discusses limitations of research, professional application and implications for future research.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis