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Arts Society lecture: Reading Pictures: are you visually literate?

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

The Arts Society Painswick has been meeting at The Painswick Centre for over 20 years. They put on monthly lectures covering a wide range of topics with guest speakers. If you are interested in becoming a member please visit their website at www.theartssocietypainswick.org.uk or email them at [email protected]

The lecture starts at 11am in the Beacon Hall, with coffee available from 10am. There is free parking at Stamages Lane car park, a short level walk through the village.

November’s lecture is Reading Pictures: are you visually literate?, by John Ericsson.

We live in an increasingly visual environment. Images are all round us, not just in art galleries and museums but from the media and the world in general. But how well and how accurately do we interpret our visual world? When we view an image we make two assumptions: first, that what we see is what others see and second that what we see is the way it is! Both of these assumptions can easily be shown to be wrong! This lecture explains how we can improve our perception and appreciation of what we choose to look at.

Today it is self-evident that we live in an increasingly visual environment. Images are all around us, not just in art galleries and museums but from the media and the world in general. But how well and how accurately do we interpret our visual world. A fundamental part of becoming visually literate is the skill of ‘reading pictures’ and like any other skill it needs to be learned and practised. What stories are told in this picture? When we view an image we make two assumptions: first that what we see is what others see and second that what we see is the way it is, or put another way ‘the truth’. Both of these assumptions can clearly be shown to be wrong! This talk will demonstrate how easily we can be deceived by what we think we see. It will suggest how we can become more visually literate by learning to ‘read pictures’ and as a consequence enhance our enjoyment.

John Ericson was a lecturer at the University of Bath  with responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and this has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world.

Over the last decade he has been a popular speaker on the Arts Society circuit in the UK and Europe as well as a frequent visitor to the societies in Australia and New Zealand.

In his professional life he has developed a particular interest in presentation skills including the role of pictures in learning and the appropriate use of PowerPoint.

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