Dyslexia and Art on show

If you have a child or know a student with dyslexia who is good at Art – encourage them. Individuals with dyslexia tend to have an inbuilt aptitude for two directional visual representation and three-dimensional constructs.

Individuals with dyslexia generally have very strong visual skills, a vivid imagination, strong practical/manipulative skills, innovation and an above average intelligence. Basically, they think outside the square and outside the box and that’s what a good artist needs to create artwork and design pieces that are original and memorable.

Compared to the average person, dyslexics generally have a heightened sense of light, colour, tone, and texture. Their exceptional grasp of two-dimensional and three-dimensional form can be so developed that they can visualize a finished piece in the mind’s eye before it has even been sketched, planned, constructed or created. Think of some of the most iconic pieces of art you can: The Opera house in Sydney Australia, The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, all created by artists who were thought to be dyslexic.

Dyslexics excel at art…
Read their comments below

ansel adams 4
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”

Ansel Adams

andy warhol 4
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

Andy Warhol
Visual Artist


david bailey 4
“I was dyslexic, so I was put in the silly class at school.”

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.”

David Bailey
Famous Actor & Photographer

tommy hilfiger 4
“I didn’t want anyone to know that I didn’t get it.”
(In reference to being a class clown)

“My mother inspired me to treat others as I would want to be treated regardless of age, race or financial status.”

Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Designer

Tom Ford 4
“I have a driver in London because I am slightly dyslexic and cannot drive in the U.K. After all, the traffic runs the opposite way to that in the United States.”

Tom Ford
Fashion designer & Film Director

quentin 4
“When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.'”

“Something stopped me in school a little bit. Anything that I’m not interested in, I can’t even feign interest.”

Quentin Tarantino
Film Director

“Everything you can imagine is real.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

Pablo Picasso
World Renowned Artist and Painter


Van gogh 4
“An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.”

“It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.”

Vincent Van Gogh
World Renowned Post-Impressionist Painter


  1. Avatar Dyslexic female   •  

    Creativity and art is for everyone not just for white, male, middle aged men! It’s a shame you never thought to think outside of the box!

    • Avatar Liz Dunoon   •  

      There are lots of creative males and females with dyslexia. I wasn’t in box when I wrote this one. These were the images that came with permission to reproduce complete with appropriate quotes. If you can find me some female options – let me know.

  2. Avatar Kate   •  

    My 14 yr old Is dyslexic amd she’s home schooled because she was different to.others in her class. And her art work is unbelievable. Her imagination is truly inspirational. To see her draw things the way she sees them through her art…. she has such creativity. She’s also has sensory processing disorder and on the autistic spectrum. So she drawsnhownshe feels. Amazing

  3. Avatar Kate   •  

    Sorry draws how she feels “

    • Avatar Liz Dunoon   •  

      That is amazing Kate. If you can send me one of her artworks to liz@dyslexiadaily.com I would love to feature it on our site. Thanks Liz

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