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Master of Education




Jarvis, Daniel H.


Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University


This case study research examined the process of secondary school students creating and sharing site-specific artworks online as part of their environmental art production assignment. Student participant perceptions of the production of their place-based sculptures, as well as their palimpsest artworks, are examined within the context of interactive posting of images and commentary within a social media platform. Participants’ responses point to several critical factors in the organization and active operation of visual art assignments in which students engaged via a digital sharing site (e.g., students’ online posting needs resemble their offline communication needs). Although enthusiastic about producing environmental artwork, students did not appear to demonstrate the same level of interest in the online sharing element. The following factors emerged as being influential regarding online student enthusiasm: the establishment of trust by way of familiarization of the platform and the other participants; the inclusion of accepted mentors and/or teachers; the assurance of safety of the site; the building of some sort of joint purpose and community; the affirmation that posting would not lower their grade; and the possibility of additional face-to-face sharing of artworks if the circumstances would allow for it. All of these factors were also likely heightened due to the sensitive nature of sharing one’s art production in process, especially during adolescence.

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