Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wilson, Louise


This thesis explores research relating to the growth and promotion of creative uniqueness and original ideation in the visual arts classroom. The research reveals a number of strategies that teachers can put into practice to increase students’ creativity. These include: teaching skills in brainstorming and having original ideas through divergent thinking; using physical movement as a method of stimulating creative ideas; teaching metacognition of the creative thinking process; allowing freedom of exploration and experimentation with materials and concepts to promote discovery and trial-and-error; using copying- and imitation-based lessons as tools to teach basic skills; and others. The application materials include a sample visual arts unit which applies the concepts discussed in the research.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis