Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




Art educators have expressed the need for art teachers with more qualifications and for more evidence of creativity and successful art experience. The purpose of this project is to illustrate the importance of the interrelationship between the action-oriented sensory capacities of the artist and the verbal-analytical capacities of the teacher, and in so doing to develop a vehicle through which an art teacher might demonstrate the necessary proficiency in at least one medium within the fine arts. More specifically, the objective of the project is the development of an art exhibit to validate the competency of the artist-teacher in the medium of oil painting.

The philosophy of every art teacher should be based on art as experience, since valid creative work evolves from sensitive experience. An art teacher must be able to communicate with a student verbally; worlds are one relationship to the creative experience, the art forms another. Much precise thought can go on in words, but ultimately it can only be meaningful for the teacher and student, in turn, if both have experienced art. The teacher should be a creative artist in his own right. He should know from “doing” the experience he is to teach.

For the purpose of the study, the literature was divided into five categories: 1) philosophical and psychological, 2) definitive information, 3) historical, 4) present attitudes, and 5) implications for the future. The evidence in the literature indicated that art educators strongly favor the idea that the teacher should be a creative artist in his own right, that he should be skilled in at least one major productive area of art.

The vehicle developed in this project was an art exhibit containing fifteen oil paintings. The University of North Florida Library Exhibit Area was chosen as the site of the display which was scheduled from July 18-29, 1977. The show was accompanied by a reception; a printed brochure and invitation described the project, the background of the artist, and contained a list of the paintings. The project contains a complete photographic record of all works in the exhibit.

An evaluation of the work was undertaken by a group of five qualified judges in the field of fine arts and art education. At the close of the exhibit the responses to the evaluation were tabulated and a correlation was made on the ratings of five paintings chosen at random from the show.