Characteristics of the Talented Art Student
“SUPPORTING YOUR ARTISTICALLY GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENT: from the Teacher Press, OCPS”
Two sets of characteristics are associated with visually talented students: behavioral traits and characteristics of their artwork. It is not likely that a child will have all of the characteristics listed below, but a child who possesses special talent in art will probably exhibit many or even most of them.
· Artistically gifted students show fluency of imagination and expression. They can’t get their ideas down fast enough. They don’t need stimulation. One idea leads to another.
· They might have a highly developed sensibility in certain areas. (e.g., movement, space, rhythm, or color.)
· They show integration of thinking, perceiving, and feeling.
· Highly imaginative.
· There’s a directness of expression – motivated by personally meaningful experiences.
· Artistically gifted students live their art. It is part of them. Even the medium is often like an extension of the fingers. Their work is intensely personal and shows an inner need for visual expression.
· They are usually above average in intelligence.
· All show extraordinary skill with a particular medium (pencil, paint, ceramics, etc…).
· Each student is highly individual and inventive.