Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Kathy Enger


Visual Arts, Benefits, At-Risk Students, Involvement, High School


Creation through visual art is demonstrated by a variety of all ages. Visual art-based learning is known to build focus, reduce stress, provide a sense of accomplishment, and spark an increase in well-being. Many people have been known to benefit from the creation of art. With the COVID-19 pandemic back in 2020, educators across the country have noticed an increase of students who are considered at-risk. Many school districts have made it a priority to look at ways of improving these students’ behavior, participation, view on school, or overall well-being. This research study takes place at a rural Wisconsin high school and focuses on viewing the effect that visual arts have on students who are considered at-risk. Many different instruments such as student reflections, behavior tracking programs, attendance tracking programs, observations, and interviews were used though the data collection process. Perceived though the data collected and findings, it has been shown that visual arts can have an effect on students who are at-risk.



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