ERIC Number: EJ810578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 14
Nurturing Visual Arts Talent
Kay, Sandra I.
Gifted Child Today, v31 n4 p19-23 Fall 2008
No two artists think and feel alike or take the same path in their development as an artist. This also is true of children as they begin their artistic journey. For artists of any age, the passion that ignites and fuels the development of requisite skills defines a personal map of uncharted territories. Significant influences on the making of an artist are, in a scientific sense, unknown. Although retrospective accounts and other biographical research provide hypotheses and patterns for research, there is no proven recipe for talent development in any talent domain: empirical research on adult artists suggests that a recipe is unlikely. Different catalysts affect different learners at different times. With that caveat, there are environmental influences that can assist or impede talent development. In this article, the author discusses how parents, guardians, or educators seeking to encourage artistic talent can develop their own skills as an appreciator, curator, and advocate.
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Talent, Artists, Environmental Influences, Talent Development, Advocacy, Art Appreciation, Children, Art Education
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