Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Second Advisor

Christina Chin, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Adriane Little, M.F.A.


Soft skills, art, problem solving, curriculum, teaching

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Soft skills are the ability to work with, for, and among other people, yet we can no longer expect students to develop these skills organically. This research builds on the knowledge that if we want the students we are educating to be successful in employing their own soft skills, then they must be taught. This paper defines soft skills, shows their importance, and introduces practices that are proven to build soft skill ability. I have constructed twelve lesson plans that teach the soft skills through experientialism, working in groups, art, critique, classroom management, and problem solving. This supplementary curriculum provides lessons and assessment rubrics that teach the soft skills through application and practice, targeted for a middle school art classroom.