Journal for Learning through the Arts
Drama-based instruction in the visual arts: A teacher’s action research journey
- Author(s): Dawson, Kathryn M
- Cawthon, Stephanie W
- Ihorn, Shasta
- Judd-Glossy, Laura
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.21977/D913118860
This article tells the story of Jenny Harrison, a visual arts middle school teacher who became an Action Research Teacher (ART) fellow in Drama for Schools, a professional development program in drama-based instruction. Through an action research model of teacher training and her own line of inquiry, Jenny investigated how drama-based instruction impacted her teaching and her students’ articulation of visual arts concepts. Artifacts from this project include interview transcripts, teacher reflections, student work-products, and lesson plans. The integration of drama-based instruction into Jenny’s visual arts curriculum paved the way for in-depth, intentional learning for students, for herself, and for the Drama for Schools program.