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Assessing the Value of Creative Arts Workshops and Hand Papermaking for Student Veterans in Transition

Title: Assessing the Value of Creative Arts Workshops and Hand Papermaking for Student Veterans in Transition.
Name(s): McMackin, Meredith Lin, author
Rosal, Marcia L., professor directing dissertation
Schrock, Douglas P., university representative
Gussak, David, committee member
Broome, Jeffrey L. (Jeffrey Lynn), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Fine Arts, degree granting college
Department of Art Education, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (183 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The majority of veterans entering college today have served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coming from an all-volunteer military, this population has expressed feelings of social isolation and challenges adjusting to the changes in structure outside of the military. For combat veterans, there can be physical and psychological wounds which present additional challenges. Therefore, institutions of higher education are developing programs and services to support veteran’s transition and facilitate their social integration into college. This research studied the individual and social processes of a creative arts workshop for six student veterans at Florida State University. Using qualitative methods from a phenomenological philosophical perspective, this study examines how the workshop facilitated the transition for student veterans and how they interpreted their life experiences through the creative arts. Being a group workshop, symbolic interactionism was used as a conceptual framework in assessing their individual experiences. Military uniforms were reprocessed into pulp and participants learned to make handmade paper from their cloth of personal significance. They also used stencils made from personal images, transferring the image to their paper. Following the workshop, their artwork was publicly exhibited in the university library with a personal statement written by each participant. The participants responded positively to the experience, noting the meaningful connections they made with other student veterans and the personal significance of the work they created. Learning a new craft, expressing themselves creatively, and displaying their work professionally strengthened their self-efficacy and sense of belonging and connection to the university.
Identifier: FSU_2016SU_McMackin_fsu_0071E_13383 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Art Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: May 31, 2016.
Keywords: Art Therapy, Group Therapy, Papermaking, Phenomenology, Student Veterans, Symbolic Interactionism
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Marcia Rosal, Professor Directing Dissertation; Douglas Schrock, University Representative; David Gussak, Committee Member; Jeff Broome, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Art -- Study and teaching
Social psychology
Counseling psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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