The term artistic ability is often defined as, and is used here to describe, advanced ability in the visual arts as it relates to conceptions of giftedness, creativity, and talent.

Children gifted in art have fluency of imagination and expression, highly developed visual and organizational sensibility, intuitive quality of imagination, directness of expression, and a high degree of self-identification with subject matter, visual and conceptual fluency of ideas, complexity and elaboration; visual memory and detail; sensitivity to art media and technical control; random improvisation; and verisimilitude or the technical mastery of true-to-life results. Certain behaviors also seem to be associated with artistic potential: early interest in childhood; emergence through drawing; rapidity of development; extended concentration; self-directedness; possible inconsistency with creative behavior; use of art as escape; ...

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