This a/r/tographic research study examines how explorations of identity and place influence a sense of self. An elementary art educator investigated the roles of artist, researcher and teacher by having students create artwork individually and as a class. These pieces reflected their understanding of place and how it contributed to a sense of self. Using the methodology of a/r/tography, this teacher separated her identities of artist, teacher and researcher, and explored the complications and implications of all three in relation to her place as an elementary art specialist and her identity in the classroom. Several important understandings were drawn from this research study, specifically the idea of using art making as a learning tool to uncover identities in relation to place in an elementary classroom, the complications of working with elementary students on a deeper level due to the amount of students and the schedule of an art specialist, and the difficulties of coping with the demands placed on an art specialist.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Visual Arts
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Neves, Molly Robertson, "It Will Always Be My Tree: An A/r/tographic Study of Place and Identity in an Elementary School Classroom" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 4005.
Self, place, a/r/tography, process, elementary art education