UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Fairuz Binti Abdul Haleem Shah
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
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This research focuses on two issues, conflicts faced by adolescences and the

freedom to draw freely like children. Both issues arise from different

backgrounds that involve adolescence. The main purpose of this research is to

examine the continuity of free expression in the visual art as a therapeutic

mechanism in adolescences with personal conflicts.   The research was

conducted at one of the local female rehabilitation center, Taman Sen Puteri,

Batu Gajah Perak run by Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat. Malaysia, involving

one participant. The objective of the study is to explore and understand form,

image, content and process of expression that participant underwent by using

eight stimulus drawing theme . Data was obtained through visual document

evidence, observation and by interviewing the participant. Data was analyzed

by using descriptive method. Findings shows that visual art expression

succeeded in changing participant's perception, that everyone is able to draw

freely and drawing talent is not a requirement to express oneself. Every

individual has the right to express himself or herself visually through emotions

and feelings. Visual Art Expression serves as personal therapy by identifying,

understanding and overcoming ones emotional conflicts and behaviors

through the visual art.

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