Your students are exposed to hundreds if not thousands of images on any given day. To process that imagery is one challenge, but to place it in a broader social, cultural, and political context requires practice. By learning visual literacy skills, your students are afforded a broader, more informed view of the world around them.
If you are a K–12 teacher looking to explore the visual world with your students, there are a variety of ways to participate—both online at nowseethis.org and in-person at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). The projects at nowseethis.org, particularly The Invisible Photograph and This Picture, offer students a unique opportunity to investigate the ever-changing role of photography in today's society.
Do you already have some ideas to share? If so, you can join the discussion today. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to participate.
Not sure where to start? Need some ideas? Here are some activities to start a dialogue about images with students. You can conduct them as a stand-alone experience in the classroom, or in conjunction with a visit to CMOA with your students.
Planning a Guided Visit for your Students at CMOA
Each school year at Carnegie Museum of Art, we invite area educators to enroll in one of our Teacher Professional Development Workshops and encourage their attendance at our annual Evening for Educators Open House event. This year's workshops feature discussions and activities that revolve around visual literacy and how a guided museum visit can support related classroom learning. Teachers can earn Act 48 activity hours for participation in various workshops, museum classes, lectures, and public programs.
Photograph: Attendees at last year’s Evening for Educators Annual Open House discuss Haegue Yang’s Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—Domestics of Community, 2009, Carnegie Museum of Art, photo by Joshua Franzos.