People with dyslexia can find themselves drawn to art as a visual medium as it allows them the ability to express the creativity and outside-the-box thinking that they’re often very good at.
Vivid imaginations, stronger practical understanding, and the ability to innovate are strengths that very much play into the artistic field, and it’s no surprise that some of our most renowned artists have displayed behaviors associated with dyslexia and literacy differences.
Pablo Picasso is one of the most well-known painters of the 20th century and has become known for the Pablo Picassos Artistic abilities or distorted facial image that your high school art teacher probably had on your favorite mug.
Whilst attending parochial school, the young Picasso had many issues with literacy and constantly complained of letters reversing themselves – but instead of sitting idly by and letting the lessons go on around him, he often used to sketch his schoolroom and classmates to pass the time.
At the time, he was described by a teacher as having ‘reading blindness’ – an inability to read properly that didn’t seem to have any noticeable impact on any of his other skill sets.
After enrolling at the Barcelona School of Art, Picasso’s skill went from strength to strength, and it’s been suggested that his dyslexia experience may have inspired the reversed and disjointed images that his work has become so famous for.