'Visualcy': the Progenitor of Literacy and Numeracy

Riley, Howard (2024) 'Visualcy': the Progenitor of Literacy and Numeracy. Journal of Visual Literacy, 43 (1). ISSN 1051-144X

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This article aims to enhance the pedagogy of drawing by integrating relevant aspects of art history and aesthetics with perception and communication theories. Visualcy is defined as an articulacy with visual languages, from which the more familiar ‘3Rs’ (Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic), alluding to literacy and numeracy, evolved. It embraces not only the more familiar definition of ‘visual literacy’ in the sense of how people perceive, interpret and learn from existing visual imagery, but also the semogenic facility for producing the means to understanding through the articulation of visual elements (line, shape, tone, texture, colour) in the construction of new images. After reviewing the role of drawing in cultural evolution, the article discusses drawing in relation to aesthetics, before outlining a pedagogy of drawing designed to nurture visualcy, of central importance to human culture.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: Professor Howard Riley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2024 09:34
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2024 10:32
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2833

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