Date of Award
Dr. William Nieberding
Dr. Maggie Leysath
Dr. Janice Cho
Mr. Piero Fenci
This research and the objective were to investigate the firsthand experience of
visual culture art education in an after-school art program. The after-school
program was focused mainly on an underserved population. We focused our
concentration on the social media app TikTok. The author investigated visual
culture theorists and discovered ideas from Terry Barrett and his use of
denotations and connotations and their relationship to art. The participants were
members of the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches who analyzed TikTok
videos using annotations and denotations, then in return created their own
individual videos inspired by an original TikTok video. The participants discussed
and analyzed TikTok videos which led to deeper discussions into the customer
services industry, African American representation, and internet safety. Through
observations and discussions, along with individual and group interviews, the
research project led to the need for narrow guidelines on visual culture, social
justice, and safety on the internet.
Morrell, Chloe C., "TikTok as Art: Visual Culture Art Education in an Afterschool Art Program" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 463.
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