visual literacy


Definition of visual literacy

: the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images (such as pictures)

Examples of visual literacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Integrate art and enhance visual literacy in your classroom!, 29 July 2021 With their ‘No Digital Distortion’ mark and viral ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ video, the beauty company has built a reputation on promoting real beauty and improving visual literacy among young people. Anna Haines, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The exhibit projected a visual literacy among the Black intellectual class that dehumanizing American propaganda would have led the largely European audience to assume nonexistent. Globe Staff,, 25 Feb. 2021 On Mondays, our partner organization Visual Thinking Strategies provides live moderation for this activity to strengthen students’ visual literacy skills. Michael Gonchar, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2020 And how is photography used—and misused—in a world grappling with visual literacy and misinformation? Whitney Johnson, National Geographic, 18 Oct. 2019 One of Kennedy’s personal interests is in visual literacy, an academic field that knits together learning and visual experience, and gives audiences, in theory, a more holistic experience of a museum’s content., 27 Sep. 2019 Comics, with their paneling and illustrated formats, are perfect mediums for practicing visual literacy skills. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2019 Comics enhance visual literacy Children are bombarded with images, advertisements and screen time on a daily basis. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of visual literacy

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of visual literacy was in 1971

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“Visual literacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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