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Finding Images and Other Visual Resources: Visual Literacy

There are more ways to find interesting and useful images than Flickr and Google Image search. Learn how and where!

What is Visual Literacy?

"Visual literacy is the ability to find meaning in imagery. It involves a set of skills ranging from simple identification–naming what one sees–to complex interpretation on contextual, metaphoric and philosophical levels. . . .

Visual literacy usually begins to develop as a viewer finds his/her own relative understanding of what s/he confronts, usually based on concrete and circumstantial evidence. It eventually involves considering the intentions of the maker, applying systems for thinking and rethinking one’s opinions, and acquiring a body of information to support conclusions and judgments. The expert will also express these understandings in a specialized vocabulary."

Philip Yenawine, co-founder of Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students.