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Visual Literacy and Photoshop



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Visual Literacy and Photoshop The following is a quiz and related assignment that I used this semester in WMST 265 Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community The first was a take home quiz based on two image files attached and The Online Visual Literacy Project website After students completed that quiz we spent two days in a teaching theater learning the basics of Adobe Photoshop in my Photoshop tutorial students manipulated the same images they had already analyzed in the quiz Students then completed an assignment in Photoshop I also held office hours in the WAM lab to assist students in Photoshop Link to The Online Visual Literacy Project http www pomona edu Academics courserelated classprojects Visual lit intro intro html VISUAL LANGUAGE QUIZ INSTRUCTIONS For this quiz you are to evaluate two images in relation to key concepts in visual literacy All images are compositions When you compose an essay or a poem song lyrics etc you use the alphabet to form words words to form phrases phrases to form sentences and so on Similarly when you compose an image a painting drawing photograph or moving images like film and video that image is constructed through visual language For this quiz you are to evaluate the two images attached to this message in relation to concepts discussed in The Online Visual Literacy Project website link available in the Course Materials section of WebCT Completing this quiz involves three steps 1 Select three of the Basic Visual Elements discussed in The Online Visual Literacy Project e g line shape value hue saturation etc 2 Analyze how those three elements are used in each of the two visual compositions attached to this message Be specific 3 Using your analysis above compare and contrast the two images and discuss how you see black manhood being constructed in each Do the two images convey similar messages about black manhood Or do they convey dramatically different messages about black manhood And how is visual language i



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