Applied Creativity in the Classroom

Applied Creativity in the Classroom



Sarah Mcgonigle



During her time at the University of Dayton, Sarah McGonigle has been curious about the possibilities of making significant change to the workings of the K-12 school system. Sarah looked for answers through her own education on campus, her study abroad experience, her peers, and through her certificate program at IACT. Finally having more questions than answers, she decided in her senior year to explore the ideas surrounding applied creativity. Student teaching gave her the opportunity to plan and execute lessons in this theme. Students within the art classroom learned more than just art techniques and media. Sarah focused her research on the students themselves as individuals and how they learned uniquely. More specifically, she analyzed how the lessons allowed students to explore themselves through the artistic lens and acquire important skills that are often overlooked in the classroom. High school students often forget about the deeper learning while so heavily focused on grades and school applications. Sarah attempted to give these students the opportunity to forget about the grade for a moment and focus on what is important: the process.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Sarah E. Brashears

Primary Advisor's Department

Art and Design


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education

Applied Creativity in the Classroom