Tutorial style course examining concepts such as Line, Form, Tone, Colour, Symbols, Metaphors, Narrative, Context, Content & Artists Intent.
Classes involve group discussions and exercises
What is visual language?
Visual language can be defined as a system that communicates through visual elements. It is perceived by our eyes and interpreted by our brain, which receives the signal and transforms into sensations, emotions, actions, and thoughts. Some of the earliest visual records discovered are preserved on cave walls in Northern Australia and Lascaux in France. These cave paintings display images of hunters, animals, gods and people. Some of these images became so commonly used they formed the basis of our alphabet. Visual language has a set of codes and conventions that influence the way we interpret different images. There are two types of images: still images and moving images.
Horizontal lines suggest a feeling of rest or repose because objects parallel to the earth are at rest. In this landscape, horizontal lines also help give a sense of space. The lines delineate sections of the landscape, which recede into space.
Tone is the lightness or darkness of a color. It is used in art to suggest form or to create a dramatic atmosphere.
Colour is a meaningful constant for sighted people and it’s a powerful psychological tool. By using color psychology, you can send a positive or negative message, encourage sales, calm a crowd, or make an athlete pump iron harder.
A visual narrative is a story told primarily through the use of visual media. The story may be told using still photography, illustration, or video, and can be enhanced with graphics, music, voice and other audio.
The elements in an image represent concepts in a spatial context, rather than the linear form used for words. Speech and visual communication are parallel and often interdependent means by which humans exchange information.