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G08: L&L A Picture Paints 1000 words: Visual Language

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Structural Units

  • line,
  • shape,
  • colour,
  • form,
  • motion,
  • texture,
  • pattern,
  • direction,
  • orientation,
  • scale,
  • angle,
  • space
  • proportion

Examination of Image in context

  1. Where does this image come from? Is it part of a sequence (page from a book or website; clip from a film) or does it stand alone (art work, poster, advertisement)?
  2. What is its purpose?
  3. Who is it for?
  4. What is it about?
  5. What do you think about it? Why?
  6. How does it make you feel? Why?
  7. What puzzles you?
  8. What does it remind you of?
  9. What connections can you make to other texts and experiences?
  10. How do you think this text positioning the viewer/reader?
  11. What might be missing from this image?
  12. Why has the image-maker chosen to show this image this way? How else might this be shown? What difference might this make?

From: State Government of Victoria. Visual Literacy. 2019