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engage 38

Visual Literacy

This edition of the Engage journal explores the purposes and value of viewing, critically engaging and creating in the visual arts, and the broader world of imagery and objects.

Currently – at least in the United Kingdom – reductions to public funding are threatening galleries and museums, and in England particularly the status of the arts is being undermined in schools and further education. The opportunities to engage critically with historical and contemporary objects and images, and learn how to do so, are arguably eroding. This is occurring during a vast increase in the employment of imagery in the arts and the expanding, sophisticated fields of marketing, the internet, print, digital and social media and digital entertainment. A critical engagement with, and understanding of images and objects is vital to understanding the world.

Read case studies related to the themes of Engage 38 here (you don't need to subscribe to the journal to access these resources):

- Alice Wilson, Case Study of frame, a participatory art project

Joel Edwards, Josephine Lanyon and Venetia Scott, Look, Imagine & Write at The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Part One & Part Two

Lucie Stulová Voborilová, Don't be afraid of contemporary art

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engage 38: Visual Literacy
Autumn 2016
Published by engage, London

engage 38

Browse by article

Jane Sillis

Editor's Introduction
Barbara Dougan

Towards a European framework for visual literacy
Ernst Wagner

Loaves, hyacinths and swinging pendulums: Looking back on the legacy of Sir Alec Clegg and the future of creative education
Kathryn Welford

Picture thinking: The development of visual literacy in young children
Kate Noble

Max Reinhardt Literacy Award: How hosting the Max Reinhardt Literacy Award has encouraged English teachers into Manchester Art Gallery
Emma Carroll

Visual Thinking Strategies and Central Model Senior School, Dublin 1: An action-research project
Lynn McGrane

Using visual literacy to help primary school children with story writing: A continuing professional development project
Claire Gunningham

Reading without words: Encouraging visual literacy among preschoolers through art
Glenna Barlow

A little less conversation: Exploring how choreographed gallery experiences can impact upon depth of engagement
Gill Hart

Choreographic Objects: Participatory workshops engaging alternative interactions with contemporary art
Sam Metz

Say what you see
Claire Collison

SmART Voters: Teens explore American art through the lens of politics
Janelle Redlaczyk

The valence of the visible: Remediating images
Miranda Baxter

1215.today: Embracing young people's digital and physical experiences with art
Sophia Kyprianou

Review: Agent of Change - In art, design and environmental education
Sarah Campbell

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