Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MCM - MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Expressive Therapies


Christine Mayor


Art therapists and art educators are continuing to define the boundaries of their professions while finding opportunities for collaboration. While there are limited studies focusing on art therapy with students, the existing research suggests that the interventions that have been done are associated with an increase of self-esteem, ability to communicate thoughts and feelings, and healthy self-expression for students. The topic question investigated in this paper is what are the emotional benefits of implementing art therapy for elementary students within art education? This literature review will explore what few have focused on, the overlap between art therapy and art education. This paper will analyze the existing literature and suggests there is promise in experimenting with the use of art therapy interventions within art education. In conclusion, art therapists and art educators need to continue further research in order to highlight the emotional benefits of art making in schools and to develop appropriate practice protocols.

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