These exercises, questions, and additional resources will help students learn how to describe, interpret, and/or compare images.
- Studio History Exchange (Catherine Hays)
- Learning to "See" and to "Describe" (Elsa Barkley Brown)
- Visual Images: Seeing Everything in the Picture (Elsa Barkley Brown)
- Visual Literacy and Photoshop (Nikki Stewart)
- Visual Literacy Tutorial
- Compare & Contrast Visual Elements
- Developing Visual Literacy: Exploring Form, Content and Context with Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach 2
Questions (Examples from the Bank of Questions)
- FORM Question #2: Describe the use of color by exploring how it is present or absent in the image you are exploring. You can do so by considering the following questions. Jot down your impressions along with supportive details as you analyze the image carefully. NOTE: While we perceive the color present in a photograph to be 'captured' naturally from nature or the natural environment, color can in fact be manipulated in the development of the photographic image. Moreover, if the image under consideration is not a photograph, color has been at least or even more selectively chosen. Think carefully then about the choices of color in the composition of the image you are analyzing.
- CONTENT Question #1: Is your image a map?