Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

Recognizing, understanding and analyzing ideas and information conveyed through images--rather than text--is central to developing visual literacy skills. It is at the core of WAM's gallery teaching program.

The Weatherspoon offers a unique out-of-classroom learning environment for students of all ages and academic disciplines to hone their observation and communciation skills.

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The Art of Seeing | Workshop

The Art of Seeing is a museum-based education program developed by the Weatherspoon Art Museum initially to assist junior and senior Physical Education and Kinesiology students in learning how to observe and interpret movement. Understanding how to see movement as it happens and the ability to assess it quickly, is essential in ensuring a safe learning environment, e.g. in a gymnasium, as well as teaching complex motor skills.

In 2010, The Art of Seeing expanded to include faculty and students in the UNCG School of Nursing and in the Department of Nutrition in courses that specifically address objective observation, visual diagnostic skills and the ability to develop a visual vocabulary. A common thread for each Art of Seeing gallery experience is the use of modern and contemporary artworks to expand what is commonly called one’s “visual literacy” or the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images. In fields such as Kinesiology and Nursing, visual literacy can be thought of as the acquisition and synthesis of visual data (e.g. a person’s affect) in support of conclusions and judgments (e.g. course of treatment).

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is one of a handful of academic museums currently exploring the relationship between art and medicine by observing works of art. Learn more

Focus on Visual Literacy | Guided Tour

Recognizing, understanding and analyzing ideas and information through images--rather than text--is central to developing visual literacy skills. Specific goals are discussed with faculty in advance and artworks are selected to foster collaborative, discussion-based teaching and learning in the galleries. Common themes address visual rhetoric, interpretation, and visual bias. 50-90 minutes.

 Learning to Look | Guided Tour

Led by trained docents, students and adults are invited to explore the museum while trying out strategies for looking at and interpreting modern and contemporary art. 50 minutes. 

 Visual Literacy | Resources