Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Paul Sproll

Second Advisor

Nancy Friese


As an international student, I have had the chance to view art education through the lenses of both the United States and Korean education systems. While Korea’s education system leans more on authoritarian institutions, rote memorization, and grades, art education in the US is equally as restrictive and teaches technical skill rather than fostering creativity. Technical skill does not an artist make. Because of my self-assumed lack of creativity, I began to go to museums and sketch masterworks in an effort to self direct creative learning. This experience ultimately led me to consider a future career as a teacher as I desired to help foster creativity in other aspiring artists. However, during my time in higher art education, I have continued encountering problems with the art education system. These problems include a lack of focus on creating future art consumers, a lack of attention paid to developing an understanding of valuing and managing art, and the same problem of over-standardization and focus on honed technical skills. Art education is important in its ability to bridge gaps and foster empathy and drive in students. Understanding art value is likewise important in that today’s students are tomorrow’s potential collectors and artists.

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Art Education Commons



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