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Understanding Visual Language

CAG. 1696 Anne Madden, Jardin de Nuit, 1932

Visual Language is a crucial form of communication. Images are powerful tools for communicating messages. People need skills to interpret these messages and have thoughtful responses. The ability to decode the language of images helps us realise that a single image may have multiple meanings. Fluency in visual language enriches our understanding of Art and the world. It influences our creativity, empathy and critical thinking.

The video and downloadable PDF suggest ways of breaking the codes of visual language helping us to understand, write and talk about artworks. A handy method called 'Visual Thinking Strategy' using three questions helps us to analyse artwork. 

Click below to view the video presentation

Artwork in the video:
CAG. 1828 Andrew Boyle, Millwall, 1998
CAG. 2067 Debbie Godsell, Lady, 2002
CAG. 1734 Anthony Haughey, Lie of the Land
CAG. 1696 Anne Madden, Jardin de Nuit, 1932
CAG. 81 John Lavery, The Red Rose, 1923

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