The recent report from the U. Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience or environment. A study conducted by Marion Porath, addressed the question of the ways in which gifted young artists are the same as or different from their average peers by investigating the education of children by means of art ability from a developmental perspective.
Children in the study produced drawing which were judged by three practicing artists who are also art educators. A thirteen year old’s wire sculpture uses simplicity of line to express movement. In her report Porath also included the findings of research conducted by other researchers. Gifted child artists can demonstrate their talents in different ways, and it is important to realize that not every product they produce will be outstanding. The use of multiple criteria for identifying gifted children is important because students of different ages and backgrounds may respond differently to artistic tasks.
Giftedness” look for children who demonstrate, or have the potential for demonstrating, above average ability, creativity, and task commitment. Hurwitz believes that for the visually gifted child three aspects of intelligence come in to play: intellectual, creative, and attitudinal, which sounds very much in line with Renzulli’s definition. However, Hurwitz goes on to say that he believes “high visual ability, rests largely on intensity and commitment. Two sets of characteristics are associated with visually talented children: 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.