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Title: Visual Literacy and the Arts


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Visual Literacy and the Arts
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What is Visual Literacy?
  • Visual literacy is the ability to interpret,
    use, appreciate, and create images using both
    conventional and 21 century media in ways that
    advance thinking, decision making, communication
    and learning.
  • The Visual Literacy Paradox
  • If pictures can express what words alone cannot,
    and if that something is what visual literacy
    is about then it may be difficult to define
    visual literacy in the usual verbal way.

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The Fundamentals
  • Visual awareness has been a key element to
    communication.
  • The fundamentals of all visual communication is
    based on the basic visual elements, the basis for
    visual materials.
  • Line 6. Value
  • Shape 7. Scale
  • Direction 8. Motion
  • Texture 9. Dimension
  • Hue
  • Q Why do you think these visual elements are so
    important for communicating through art?

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Why is visual literacy so important?
  • We live in an increasingly visual culture.
  • We are constantly surrounded by images. Students
    become visually literate by practice of visual
    encoding and decoding.
  • It is important that students are able to
  • 1. Express their thoughts and ideas in visual
    form.
  • 2. Translate and understand the meaning of
    visual imagery

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Students who are visually literate
  • Understand basic elements of visual design,
    technique and media.
  • Are aware of emotional, psychological,
    physiological, and cognitive influences in
    perceptions of visuals.
  • Comprehend representational, explanatory,
    abstract and symbolic images.

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Visuals in Electronic Media
  • Students who can and try are
  • Informed viewers, critics and consumers of visual
    information.
  • Are knowledgeable designers, composers and
    producers of visual imagery.
  • Effective visual communicators.

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Why does electronic media do for students?
  • Visualization tools in media enable students to
    make their thinking visible in all academic
    areas.
  • Visual mapping tools help students make sense of
    complex subjects.
  • Some software packages that aid in visual
    literacy include
  • Inspiration
  • Kidspiration
  • STELLA

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As future educators, how can we use visual
literacy in an elementary setting?
  • Picture books offer a unique opportunity for
    children to develop visual literacy.
  • Children will learn that illustrations can be
    seen in different ways.
  • Careful examinations of illustrations can reveal
    that there is more going on in a book than words.
  • One visual literacy method educators can use is
    called The picture walk
  • This technique is used with students who do not
    read yet
  • It encourages students to anticipate what might
    happen in the story through the illustrations.

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References
  • Galda, Lee. Visual Literacy Exploring Art and
    Illustration in Children's Books. The Reading
    teacher, March 1993. (Vol. 46, No. 6)
  • North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.
    21st Century Skills Visual Literacy. 2006.
  • Pinkel, Sarah. (1998, September 14) What is
    Visual Literacy? Retrieved March 5th, 2006, from
    www.ponona.edu.
  • Riesland, Erin. (2005) Visual Literacy and the
    Classroom. Retreived from March 4th, 2006, from
    http//www.newhorizons.org/strategies/literacy/rie
    sland.htm.
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