I think Temple Grandin is one of the most fascinating thinkers out there today and I loved her TED talk. In it, she speaks alot about how Art was her best subject and it's a shame these 'hands on' subjects are being cut from schools as they are so important to visual thinkers.
TED Talk synopsis:
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.