Visual Literarcy

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Visual learning is described and defined many different ways. Our textbook defines visual learning as, “The competent creation and consumption of visual messages” (Learning to See: A Guide to Visual Literacy, William Ryan, 2012 , 1.2). The textbook is basically stating that visual learning is having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to bring (and use up a resource) visual messages into existence. In the video, Brian Kennedy (TEDxDartmouth 2010) describes visual learning as, “The ability to construct meaning from images” or simply, the ability to build or erect meaning from images. Both the textbook and Kennedy agrees that visual learning involves using not only our sight, but critical thinking and enhancement of our other senses. Kennedy does not think that visual literacy is a skill, like the textbook implies, but more of using or building on the skills that we have in order to interpret the meaning of an image.
Both definitions has accuracy, but in today's world I believe Kennedy's definition is better. We all “see” things in a different perspective and use our imagination and creativity to interpret different meaning from the same picture. For example, Shelly and Melissa goes to an art gallery together. They both view a painting of a woman laying face down on an old dirt road with her eyes closed. Shelly looks at the picture and interprets it as a woman who has had some hard times in life and finally she feels that she has had enough. She feels that she needs to surrender completely to God, so she lays down and pours out her heart and soul to Him. Shelly feels that the woman is thinking to herself that I have fallen, but now is the time for me to get back up and start over with my life. On the other hand, Melissa has a completely different interpretation of that same picture. Melissa's interpretation is that the woman simply tripped…...

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