Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name

Fine Arts (Integrated Arts and Education)

Department or School/College

Creative Pulse Program

Committee Chair

Karen Kaufmann

Commitee Members

Randy Bolton, James Kriley


art, Jeffrey Brown, Multiple Intelligences


University of Montana


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.



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