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Education and Visual Literacy

What is Visual Literacy?

Visual literacy is the ability to read, comprehend, and write visual language.

As an art education institution, the Toledo Museum of Art strives to provide access to works of art in the Museum and information about them. The Museum endeavors to educate and inspire by reaching out to our community. We achieve this by Teaching Visual Literacy, engaging lifelong learners of all ages and providing learning experiences in a variety of formats.

Opportunities include classes and workshops, tours, gallery experiences, hands-on activities, lectures, a partnership with the University of Toledo Department of Art, and a 90,000-volume art Reference Library. Explore all of our educational offerings and resources by clicking the links to the left.

Learn more at vislit.org or by signing up for a Visual Language workshop.


Visual Language Workshops

The language of the visual world—whether it’s seen inside or outside the galleries—can be a challenge to interpret. The Museum’s new series of free workshops aims to use the collection to engage in theories and methods for understanding imagery within art and beyond. “We’ve had a great response to these classes from many area companies, TMA staff, and volunteers,” said Mike Deetsch, Emma Leah Bippus Director of Education & Engagement. “This is a really thought-provoking, educational experience that we want to offer the public as part of our broader initiative to teach visual literacy.”

Availability is limited, so advanced registration is required. Register here. Interested in bringing a large group? Email kblake@toledomuseum.org to make arrangements.