Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Christina D. Chin

Second Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Third Advisor

Jeffrey Abshear


art, writing, curriculum, elementary, projects

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The problem that I researched in today’s art education world is how to correlate elementary art curricula with writing curricula. To investigate this issue I field tested a curriculum module that reflects the contemporary issues of writing in art education. The curriculum module under investigation has been designed to correlate my 5th grade fine arts curriculum with the homeroom teacher’s 5th grade language arts curriculum.

During this study I worked with 56 fifth grade students and incorporated four writing projects into their fine arts curriculum: a Character Exploration project, a Black-out poetry project, a surrealistic textured paper collage project, and a Picture Writing with famous artworks assignment.

I found that students demonstrated a high level of ownership in their work. It was interesting to see students describe their work through creative writing. Students thought creatively while producing their artwork, as well as through their writing pieces.