Everyone has the potential to be an artist. In fact, we were wonderful artists by the time we were four years old. Then, as we got older, we were told that we had to be talented to be an artist—that is, to be able to visually sculpt, paint, or draw. But no one told us that we needed talent to learn math and writing skills—to sculpt, paint, or draw with words. We could learn math and verbal reading without a talent, but we couldn’t learn art structures without it.

In school, we learned to read and write using a verbal alphabet—our ABCs. And, if we put the letters together in the right order, we create words that everyone can understand. But we do not learn a standard visual alphabet that enables us to ...

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