First Advisor

Parks, Martin


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

61 pages


This is an investigation sought to identify developmentally appropriate teaching methods in drawing instruction. This study assessed the different methods in teaching the fundamentals of drawing to two groups of 5th grade classes at Our Lady of Las Vegas School in Las Vegas, Nevada. The "control" group was taught by the drawing methods presented by Edwards (1979), while the "experimental" group was taught employing standard methods. Their drawing skills were assessed using a rubric that measured their success in the following four dimensions of drawing: perspective, proportion, value and composition. The study utilized the pretest-posttest control group design (Leedy & Ormrod, 2005) with 33 students comprising the control group and 29 students comprising the experimental group. Major recommendations included (a) applying a rubric to assess objectively the drawing samples of fifth grade students, and (b) providing additional time and expertise to validate the outcomes.

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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