ARTS 100

Welcome to the Visual Literacy Blog Project

In Visual Literacy on August 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

This site is the “home base” of the Visual Literacy Blog Project.

I consider blogs to be a perfect marriage between the visual and the textual.  Moreover, blogging fosters the expression of personal opinion and open discussion.  It is an excellent exercise in thoughtfully sharing one’s ideas within a visual medium.  I also see blogging as a tool that could aid my Visual Literacy students in formulating their own voices as interpreters of visual culture.  Therefore, my students will be writing blog posts that discuss their experiences as creators and interpreters of visual culture.  In doing so, they will also present their own critical insights into the various topics discussed during class.  My hope is that the students also see their blogs as vehicles for creativity and self-expression.

Links to the students’ blogs are posted to this site under STUDENTS.  I will also blog about the topics covered in Visual Literacy in addition to other art-related issues.  My blog can be found at http://rhettgerardpoche.wordpress.com/

-Rhett Gérard Poché

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Visual literacy affords an individual the opportunity to view visual culture (art, design, film, television, etc.) as a spectator, critic, and/or artist.  A visually literate person understands visual information from all three perspectives.  This course requires students to place themselves in each of these roles.

This lecture course is a writing-intensive seminar geared towards facilitating student understanding, interpretation, and discussion of contemporary visual culture.  The course stresses critical analysis from modern perspectives such as class, politics, race, and gender.  It also requires students to execute basic art projects inspired by the course content.

Learning Objectives:

1. Appreciation for the various ways in which works of visual culture communicate to audiences.

2. Appreciation for and engagement in the artistic process.

3. Ability to employ a working visual vocabulary during conversations and when writing about visual culture.

4. Ability to critique and analyze works of visual culture from one’s own informed perspective.

5. Ability to contextualize criticism and theory presented in scholarly articles about visual culture.

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