Artistic Ability: Right-Brained or Left-Brained


Are artistic ability and intelligence linked?


artistic ability


There is a common belief that you are either right-brained or left-brained. It is said that a right-brained person is more likely to be more creative while a left-brained person is more likely to be analytical. So, you may now wonder what part of the brain controls artistic ability and whether you have the capability of becoming a good artist.  Let’s examine this belief and find out if you have a more dominant side and whether this can affect your artistic.


Brain imaging has been used by scientists to prove that our brains do not have a dominant side influencing our persona. A study made by the University of Utah showed that not one participant in the study used their left or right brain more often than the other. This is good news for people who are more analytical but want to explore their potential to become an artist.


So, how are artistic ability and intelligence connected?


All forms of art, whether visual, decorative or performing arts, seem to interact with the attention network in the brain, improving your ability to learn. For example, Gottfried Schlaug has conducted research that shows the significant changes that can occur over short periods of time in a child’s brain when they are learning to play a musical instrument. According to Schlaug, the changes occur in areas of the brain that are related to math. The Dana Arts & Cognition consortium researchers found that there is a close relationship between artistic ability and cognitive abilities.


The bottom line is…anyone can be an artist! You just have to learn the style that fits you best. How do tap into your artistic ability?


  • Try various art media to see what you like or good at. Don’t give up after just one art medium. Make sure you try several.
  • Figure out your strengths and weaknesses to find out which particular types of art you are most suited with and which ones you struggle with.
  • Learn the basics of your chosen medium. These days, you can research techniques and styles on your own because there are thousands of tutorials online and just as many books that have been written over the years. Even better, you can take an art class or private lessons.


Once you have decided which medium suits you best, you will find that your art abilities have evolved, making you want to expand your skills as an artist. For instance, if you begin to play the guitar, you may find yourself wanting to learn to sing. You may even choose to begin a career using your chosen medium. There are many jobs that require artistic ability like being a musician, architect, designer, actor, and much more!


Throw away any misconceptions about artistic ability and intelligence you may have. Everyone is an artist—it is just a matter of finding the medium that suits you best, then learning and perfecting your natural abilities.


What type of art do you think you would like to try? Let me know in the comments below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Be sure to check out my book, Born to Create.



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Mehta, Aalok. 2009. “Attention May Link and Intelligence,” The Dana Foundation, May 11. Accessed August 21, 2017,

Reilly, Rachel. 2013. “Are you ‘right-brained’ and creative or ‘left-brained’ and logical?”, August 16. Accessed August 21, 2017.

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