Saturday Feb 28 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, WinnipegPost a comment
“Beauty as a Human Need: Visual Art as Learning Strategy, Therapy, and Worship”
Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of TESOL
Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2015, a community service for the general public. Admission is free – no registration is required.
Visual intelligence is one of eight intelligence types identified by Howard Gardener in his seminal work on multiple intelligences. As a result, educators have discovered a wide palette of teaching and learning strategies that include visual input. Visual art as an integrative catalyst for emotional well-being is a stream within clinical psychology, as illustrated by examples from my work with young offenders. Finally, visual art has historically been an important part of spiritual contemplation and prayer in a variety of faith traditions. What do these three somewhat disparate topics linked to aesthetics tell us about a human need for visual beauty?
Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler (PhD, University of Nottingham, UK) integrates visual art into her English language teacher training courses. She is the Chair of the Visual Arts Creation Committee at Providence, and leads a church-based team of volunteers in creating visual art with young offenders at the Manitoba Youth Center, Winnipeg.