Catharsis in Containment: Transforming Teacher Stress into Meaningful Expression through Ceramic Shadow Box Construction
Van Hooser, Jana
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
This heuristic study investigated the effects of ceramic shadow box construction on a high school art teacher's psychological stress levels during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through analysis of symbols and essential phrases from a written narrative for each shadowbox created, the researcher accessed her shadow side. This assisted the researcher in clarifying her coping strategies to reduce teacher stress. Overarching themes included: self (inner and outer), interference (obstacles and guidance), and rebirth symbols found in the artwork. The shadow box intervention yielded positive results for the researcher as her tension and stress reduced, while self-efficacy and self-care increased.