part of a workshop on visual literacy for Grade R and Grade 1 teachers in KwaZulu-Natal who are participating in a project that is using the Xbox Kinect games and android apps to promote 4 literacies, visual literacy being one of them
“A picture is worth a 1000 words.”
Arthur Brisbane, 1911
“The soul never thinks
without a mental picture.”
“If I can’t picture it,
I can’t understand it.”
Albert Einstein, 1954
“All of us are watchers –
of television, of time clocks, of
traffic on the freeway –
but few of us are observers.
Everyone is looking,
not many are seeing.”
Peter M. Leschak, 1992
“The signs are everywhere - if you can read them.
The primary literacy of the 21st century will be
visual: pictures, graphics, images of every kind.
It's no longer enough to read and write. Our
students must learn to process both words and
pictures. They must be able to move gracefully
and fluently between text and images, between
literal and figurative worlds.”
Lynnell Burmark, Learn to See, See to Learn, 2002