This research focused on developing an art education program for elementary
school students and its adaptation to foster the capacity of emotion regulation.
First, this research started with a literature review to increase understanding of the
relationship between emotions, regulating capacity of emotion and Art Education.
Secondly, researchers developed an art education program applying the theory of
emotion regulation capacity. 'Being honest with emotions and empathy', 'Anger
and annoyance', 'frustration from failure and joy with successful experience',
‘pleasure and happiness' were picked as the targeted emotions and classes were
planned with various art pieces that represented diverse emotions. Third,
researchers applied the developed educational program to students and analyzed
how this program, specially images affected students to increase their emotional
regulation through their behavior and thoughts with qualitative methods.
Appreciating various art images offered opportunities for students to reflect on
their emotions and objectifying them, which helped them to understand the
importance of paying attention to emotions and having empathy of others'
emotions. Finally, students developed their ideas about matured awareness of
emotional expression and started to share their emotions openly and properly.