International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 9 Number 8

June 10, 2008

The Impact of Art-making in the University Workplace

Rena Upitis
Katharine Smithrim
Jordana Garbati
Holly Ogden

Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario Canada

Citation: Upitis, R., Smithrim, K., Garbati, J., & Ogden, H. (2008). The impact of art-making in the university workplace. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 9(8). Retrieved [date] from
Beginning in the summer of 2002, a Queen's University arts education research team has met weekly for art-making sessions. This research paper describes how this long-term art-making practice has influenced the personal and professional lives of the team, based on semi-standardized interviews with six participants and one observer of the art-making group. Several key themes arose from the analysis, including the growth and deepening of relationships amongst participants, the sense of losing track of time while engaged in art-making, and the importance of art-making sessions bringing a temporary reprive from work-related demands. These themes resonate strongly with the scholarly literature and empirical work on embodied knowing, creativity, and non-formal adult learning.

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