Visual Literacy, Visual Rhetoric

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Friday, February 11, 2011

In this seminar, participants will explore several approaches to reading and responding to visually complex texts. Color, image, style, movement –these are all features of a sophisticated visual rhetoric. Students consume visual culture every day, yet much of what they are asked to produce in school is not multi-modal.  Nevertheless, it is important to engage students to get them to think critically and strategically to visual culture and rhetoric. Seminar participants will examine examples of image manipulation in print and electronic culture will be discussed. There will be short demonstrations of image-manipulation technologies, including what gets called”Photoshopping” and the creation of kinetic (moving) images. Seminar participants will also refelct on the larger significance of what is called “visual culture.”

Seminar led by Spencer Schaffner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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