Fused: A Study of Cultural Encaustic Art, History, and Educational Strategies for Middle School Art Students
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Fused: Encaustics in the Middle School Art Studio is a thesis study that examined one 8th and two 7th grade art studios classes. The study questioned if lecture presentation of the history, culture and times of Egyptian Greco-Roman Fayum Mummy Portraits combined with the creation of a hands-on activity using encaustic medium increased the knowledge acquisition of students more than a lectured only presentation. Analysis of a pre-formative and post-summative assessment, student self/peer evaluation rubrics, reflection questions, informal and formal interviews, and student exemplars of the final project indicate that by combining lectured presentation and hands-on activities showed to be the more effective method of instruction rather than lectured presentation only. The results showed an overall average increase per student of 12 points. The positive outcome of the study shows that hands-on application in art education does make a significant difference for middle school students at Tukes Valley Middle School. The researcher hopes that this study will act as a resource and reference guide for others who hope to establish an encaustics lecture presentation and hands-on lab for their art studios.
Encaustic Art, Middle School Students