Date of Award

2001

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Dr. Randolph Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Larry Thompson

Third Advisor

Dr. Janice Duncan

Abstract

When someone approaches a piece of art, it is difficult to speculate by what standards the person evaluates the work. Surely people's backgrounds and personal tastes affect their reaction to a particular art piece, but suppose that a person evaluated art every day as part of his or her career. Do the standards of the job affect the person's method of evaluating art outside the office? Two professions that focus on the evaluation of art are art education and art therapy. In order to better understand the two fields in question, a basic knowledge of the development of expressionism in art and the subsequent development of art therapy should be considered.

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