Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Todd Lilly


The following gallery is predicated on the belief that a complete high school curriculum must be responsive to the needs of students as they navigate the stresses of living in isolation during a pandemic and always. High school students with minimal directions or guidance were charged with submitting a photo of a piece of art they had constructed to capture their perceptions of living through the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The results give a candid view of how these students give purpose to the process of creating art as they construct and convey a sense of “being in the world.” The results will be used to create a curriculum that will better invite high school students to engage in a high school art class. The stories and art collected also serve to build the gallery you are about to tour. At this gallery our core beliefs are that students must be taught more than just standards, students deserve a supportive environment that fosters growth for all, and that students should participate in learning that focuses on personal connections. After all, the more connected the learning, the deeper it goes and the longer it lasts. So, let us begin our tour.