Essential Understandings: Exploring my personal relationship with The Multiple Intelligences through art

by Brown, Jeffrey Wardlaw

Abstract (Summary)
The theory of Multiple Intelligences holds that there are an array of different kinds of intelligences in human beings. Howard Gardner has identified 8 multiple intelligences: Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist. This project was designed to explore the practical applications of the theory through personal experience. A series of five artworks were produced using the artistic mediums of oil and acrylic paints, clay, natural found objects, songwriting and musical performance. The artworks served as external documentation of the inner processes through which the eight intelligences were manifested. A public lecture was held describing the artworks and the intelligences used in their production. All eight intelligences were discovered to exist during the making of the art. Several intelligences were noticed working in conjunction with others, as witnessed during the songwriting, where intrapersonal, musical and verbal/linguistic abilities were processing information to complete the song, and painting, where spatial skills and bodily movements worked in unison. The study showed that I used multiple intelligences in various ways for the task of making art.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Karen Kaufmann

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:fine arts


Date of Publication:09/19/2007

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