Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Second Advisor

Dr. Christina Chin

Third Advisor

Cat Crotchett, M.F.A.


Classroom environment, classroom management, holistic environment, curriculum, art classroom design

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis takes an in-depth look at the elements within the classroom and how they affect students physiological and psychological needs and the impact those elements have on students’ academic success. I offer suggestions based on the research for changes that can be made to your current environment to increase students’ academic success. Additionally, through years of experience and additional research on classroom environments within this thesis I have created a floor plan for an ideal middle and high school art wing. This thesis also covers several different approaches to teaching, and I have used this information plus my experience as an educator to develop a holistic-friendly middle school curriculum, that aims to teach a child’s physical, emotional, and academical needs. I have broken down each project within each grade level to provide future educators with best practices I have developed and adjusted to incorporate research into these best practices. When an educator considers the physiological and psychological affects the classroom environment has on students and appropriately modifies their teaching style and lesson plans to engage the holistic child, the educator is then choosing to set up an environment where students will be successful in class and into their adult lives.

Included in

Art Education Commons