Original Outlets of Expression.
Some animals are expressing their creative abilities through art during training, when they learn a variety of behaviors. Just like all of the other training, keepers use operant conditioning and positive reinforcement during the painting processes. The artists are taught how to paint by receiving treats as they learn the steps (i.e. holding the brush, dipping the brush, touching the brush to paper or walking through trays and onto paper). Then they begin to understand what it means when their keepers come in with paint and paper, and know that treats are just a few creatively placed strokes away. The results are beautiful pieces of art!