Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Art Education

First Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Second Advisor

Dr. Christina Chin

Third Advisor

Jim Hopfensperger, M.F.A.


Visual art education, visual art curriculum, social justice, community service, community based education

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis explores the process of creating transformative learning experiences within a visual art curriculum that emphasizes individual reflection, creative expression, and community involvement. The strategies and philosophies discussed will facilitate student engagement with big ideas and complex messages that will inform their social consciousness beyond their formal school career. Examples of how these practices are being used in K-12 visual art settings are presented to provide an in-depth roadmap for implementing a community-based, social justice learning opportunity.