Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Shana Cinquemani

Second Advisor

Blake Smith


Central to this thesis investigation is the premise that interdisciplinary art is important for children and youth, especially in the context of Chinese art education. Designed to investigate a movement in art education beyond traditional boundaries, this investigation manifests in four stages of research and concludes with a teaching philosophy for the Chinese school system.

First, the author explores the current state of traditional art classes in China, along with the issues and challenges faced by current art educators. Second, with the objective of creating a positive model built on clear conceptual and practical tools, art integration and interdisciplinary art education within US education are examined in a literature review. Third, She surveys educators from K-12 in Dalian, China. In this survey, data is collected about traditional art classes in China, the perception and essential components of interdisciplinary art teaching, and the strengths and shortcomings of the Chinese education system. Fourth, in order to gain the competency required, the author explores her own personal teaching practice of designing an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum, and artistic experiments in the two contexts in the United States. This thesis concludes with the creation of a working philosophy born from multiple experiments with a range of students in various spaces and artistic practice in the United States.

Included in

Art Education Commons



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