Visual Literacy



Visual Literacy:


Visual Literacy:


Visual Literacy:
Lesson Plans

 Visual Literacy:
Visual Literacy:

Visual Literacy:

Is Seeing Believing?
(digital manipulation
of images)









  Visual Literacy

©2008 Frank W. Baker


See also:
2013 Photos of the Year
Can A Picture Change The World?;
Top 50 Photo Blogs
Weekly Feature: What's Going On In This Picture?
Photos That Changed The World
 Importance of Visual Literacy In K-12 Education
The Best of Photojournalism
Have You Read A Good Picture Lately? Iconic Images from 9/11
After a Picture From the Gulf, Thousands of Words
Images from the Civil Rights era;
 Images of War
 Media magazines;  Semiotics/Signs

“Most of us are bombarded by persuasive imagery while not exactly schooled in visual literacy a lot of this messaging skips right past the messaging filter and goes directly into our heads.” (Michael Shaw, founder of Bag New Notes)

NYT's New Visual Literacy Daily Activity: What's Going On In This Picture?


Every day, we see and are exposed to hundreds perhaps thousands of images that pass through our radar screens.  Unfortunately, not many of us know how to "read images."

Many of our students don't question media: they believe everything they see--including digitally altered images seen in the media.

One of the ways to teach critical thinking and "media literacy" is to start with the still image.  Because of the Internet, it is easier than ever to access these images. Here are some recommended sites:

LENS, NYT photojournalism blog Read/Write/Web
Jamie McKenzie's recommendations Awesome Stories Images
LIFE magazine archives March Of Time newsreel archives
EduPic; Pics4Learning; Pixabay; Imageafter
 free graphics/photos
Picturing the Past
National Geographic Pictures of the Year International
The New Eyes Project National Archives     
Picturing America click: photography changes everything
Panoramio: Photos of The World Internet Archive: Movie Archive
Masters of Photography New York Times Image Archive

Your school's arts educator is a perfect partner in understanding the concepts of visual literacy. Your students can start with paintings and then move onto other images, such as photographs.

Because mobile phones now incorporate cameras, and due to the size and cost of digital cameras, it is easier than ever for students to take photographs and incorporate images into their projects.

This web site is a resource and is designed to provide the K-12 educator ideas, readings, lesson plans and other valuable tools for classroom instruction.

Click on the links in the left hand column to access those resources. 

Frank Baker
For additional resources, see    Vis Lit & 21st Century Skills wiki
                                          Knowledge Quest Visual Literacy Issue
                                          Vis Lit Resources on the Web
                                          Visual Literacy Internet Resources (ALA)

                                          Recent Trends in Media Use in Schools
Visual resources online: Digital images of primary materials on public Web sites  (C&RL News, May 2008)


This site revised and updated on: 12/17/2013