Getting Started

Introduction to Visual Literacy


The Art of Seeing Art

Knowing the language of art—the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design—can help to make meaning of what you see.


Family Guides

Exercise your visual literacy skills with the help of the following Family Guides. These brochures provide a unique way to experience Toledo Museum of Art exhibitions while exploring the Elements of Art and Principles of Design at the same time.

My Journey to Japan

My Journey to Japan

Color, Line and Shape in Aboriginal Art

Color, Line and Shape in Aboriginal Art

Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski

Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski

Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons

Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons


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Recommended Reading

ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education -- The standards for visual literacy created by the Association of College & Research Libraries

Bamford, Anne, “The Visual Literacy White Paper,” Commissioned & Published by Adobe Systems Pty Ltd., 2003.

Kagan, Jerome, "Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter," The Dana Foundation, May 11, 2009.

Posner, Michael I and Brenda Patoine. "How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition," The Dana Foundation, September 14, 2009.

Smith, Mark K. (2002, 2008) “Howard Gardner and Multiple Intelligences," Encyclopedia of Informal Education

Spalter, Anne Morgan and Andries van Dam. “Digital Visual Literacy,” Theory Into Practice, vol. 47, no. 2, p.93-101, Mar. 2008.