Nurturing Artistically Gifted Students

Artistic giftedness covers wide-ranging areas such as visual arts; performance arts (music, dance, theater); and creative writing. Students gifted in the arts often show evidence of high achievement capability. Artistic giftedness expressed by students needs services not ordinarily a part of the general school curriculum and as such, constitute an underserved population.

Artistically gifted students may display a fluent imagination and expression in their area of interest. These students are intensely motivated and may master norms at a very early age; showing early evidence of talent. Artistic behavioral traits include rapid development of talent, self-directed, risk takers, and a high degree of task commitment. Artistic thinking skills encompass fine-tuned sensory awareness, artistic intelligence or knowing, and highly refined creative interpretation. Students gifted in the performance arts may exhibit a highly developed sense of movement, space, or rhythm.

All students benefit from arts education, but artistically gifted students derive specific benefits when integrated across the curriculum. They need additional opportunities for talent development. (NAGC Position Statement) Early identification, advance opportunities, and an integrative approached can aid artistically gifted children who are also academically gifted. Artistic giftedness is a conduit to creative and critical thinking  which leads to deeper understanding of concepts across many disciplines; including, science, technology, and mathematics.

Early identification is critical and all students should be given opportunities which allow educators to begin the process when students first enter school. Schools can provide access to music, drama, visual arts at the elementary level to ascertain whether or not students possess talent in these areas. Teachers can assess students’ abilities with additional support through mentoring, production opportunities, and observation of fine/gross motor skills and cultural appreciation.  

Teachers can support artistically gifted students by appreciating their talent, providing access to  accomplished artists in their chosen field, and access to artistically talented peers. They can help students to find programs that support their talent outside of school such as after-school programs, community arts programs, and summer camps/programs. They can assist their student in curating/archiving their work, charting progress, and encouraging the student use journaling to record their personal journey. Teachers can advocate within their schools for students who show exemplary talent in the arts and help them locate mentors.

Parents can support their artistically gifted child acknowledging their talent, displaying their work when possible, and providing them with suitable work areas and materials. They should remember to emphasize the importance of process over product. They should teach their children to appreciate and respect the work of others. Parents should expose their children to the arts via trips to museums, music concerts, art exhibitions, and festivals celebrating the arts.

A transcript of this chat may be found at Wakelet.

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About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


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Posted on November 18, 2020, in Creative Thinking, creativity, enrichment, gifted education, talent and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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