Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Understand > Visual Awareness

Understand > Visual Awareness

Access Prior Knowledge:

New Information:
Visual literacy begins with visual awareness.  To become visually aware, we first must understand the physiological means by which we receive visual messages.  

Neurophysiology, perception psychology, and ophthalmology are professions seeking further understanding of how we see.  

It is estimated that visual perception comprises 75% to 80% of our sensory input.  In addition, of our visual perception, about 10% is in the eye and 90% is mental.

Psychologists of perception maintain that much of visual perception is learned and it is subject to modification through learning.  This means that we can improve and expand visual perception.  We can strengthen and sharpen it through exposure and exercise.

When learning a new skill, it is part of the training to strengthen relevant muscles and improve coordination.  The following exercises strengthen and sharpen our visual muscles.  

Respond > In the comment section paste the topic sentence and explain your reasoning.

For the ADV Learner > The Paradox of Active Surrender: Jeanette Winterson on How Learning to Understand Art Transforms Us >    

Extra Resources:
Eye/Brain Physiology & Human Perception >
The Human Eye >
Visual Perception >
Slideshow: Perception: How We See >
Video: Scott Fraser: Why eyewitnesses get it wrong >

Apply Knowledge and Skills:

Create > Witness Description Drawing

Goal: Develop a verbal language of description to improve drawing accuracy

Studio Activity:
Pair up.  One person is the ‘witness’ the other is the ‘police sketch artist.’  The witness must describe the formal line qualities and the spatial relationships of the symbol given to them using descriptive words, such as, up and to the right, curved down and to the left.  The sketch artist must try and accurately render the symbol being described.  Ancient symbols >  Hobo symbols >

Goal Review:
Publish > your witness drawing to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
Respond > in the comment section explain why the following statement is true or false.
  • Your ability to verbalize a description of an image or visual setting will aid you in expressing that image in forms using visual medias.