In my diploma research, I have decided to observe positive effects of artistic practices outside the classroom. Throughout fourteen art sessions, I have been observing emotional and artistic expressions of five pupils, from the second grade, that have issues studying and socializing.
In the first segment of the diploma, I established theoretical basis for the analysis of the effects of practical activities. I have introduced a variety of artistic therapeutic approaches, its history, and current practices. Using the artistic therapeutic approaches and merging them with the school’s educational systems practices in order to develop an experimental merging of these two practices.
In the second segment of the diploma, I focus on refining the experimental practice and analysing its findings. Starting with the introduction of each pupil, and continuing with analyzing the development of the pupil’s expressive and motoric skills through the practical activities.
By using the questionnaire, the teacher determined the changes of the pupil’s social integration in the classroom.
In the end of the practical activities, the teacher and I have noticed moderate changes in at least one of the observed categories.
From that I can conclude that the practical activity was successful with helping the pupils with becoming much more integrated their classroom and helping in their development as pupils.