Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Paul Sproll

Second Advisor

Nancy Friese

Third Advisor

Ijlal Muzaffar


The creative process of visual artists is not a well-understood methodology for intellectual inquiry. In particular, there are amorphous and individual aspects of it that defy narrow categorization. These aspects, like the gathering and associating labors, which vary from artist to artist, are nonetheless fundamental to our practices. The author investigates how the creative process has been defined and how the creative process is being used outside the traditional artistic context. Artists exist in a space where categories and definitions can be abandoned, where thought is advanced through the act of making, where worldviews can be imagined, where apparent contradictions manipulated, and where materials guide meaning. Arts based research provides an avenue for experimental, experiential, tangible thinking through the creative process. The creative method, derived from the creative process of artists, could one day join the ranks of the scientific method and other recognized methods for intellectual inquiry, leading to the question: can the arts be taught to expand thinking in all fields?

Included in

Art Education Commons



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