Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Art Education

First Advisor

Dr. Christina D. Chin

Second Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Third Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Abshear


art education, art, visual thinking strategies, middle school, visual art

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this thesis is to expand and demonstrate how the integration of Visual Thinking Strategies into a middle school classroom curriculum could strengthen and benefit students’ critical thinking and art literacy. There is a growing and overwhelming use of technology and images in our world, to which students are exposed daily. By integrating a visual literacy strategy in a visual art setting, students may learn to slow down and think more critically about what they see and understand, not only in art but cross-curriculum.

Included in

Art Education Commons