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Education and Visual Literacy

What is Visual Literacy?

Visual literacy is the ability to derive meaning from images of everything that we see.

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.

Knowing the language of art – the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design – can help to make meaning of what you see, making you visually literate.     Click on the works of art below to explore these concepts.

Learn more at vislit.org


 

Color

Color

Line

Shape

Space

Texture

Composition

Composition*

Balance

Emphasis

Harmony

Movement

Proportion

Rhythm

Variety

Elements
of Art

 

 

 

 

*Composition refers to the arrangement of Elements according to the Principles.

 

Principles
of Design