Visual literacy is the ability to read, write and create visual images. The simple use of the Visible Thinking practice from Harvard's Project Zero: I see, I think, I wonder when presenting an image can be an inclusive way to involve all learners, especially if used with a dual coding approach.
Visual stimulus can help to explore big and complex ideas and develop critical literacy skills. The use of visual and critical literacy can be a powerful combination in a P4C session.
On a personal level of integrity, I am commited to locating the source,
background and motivations of the visual artists I share here and on social media.
Visual art for nature
The project : Xavi Bou - takes long exposure
photos of birds in flight. Beautiful stimulus for finding meaning in the patterns in nature.
Spirals in nature - I once did a whole term's maths, RE and P4C project on spirals. It was one of my most favourite school projects because the learning was so rich and deep with meaning. Read more on symmetry in nature on The Smart Happy Project
Follow @GrimArtGroup This really appeals to me because although I love the beauty of natural landscapes, I love finding beauty in industrial
or urban landscapes. It's my graffiti art interest I guess.
Studio Carreras is a design studio in Girona which produces big ideas as simple
shapes. I use these as part of my advanced training as a P4C review tool, and as part of aesthetic enquiry.
I follow a multitude of graphic conceptual artists on my Instagram page
When I visit a new or any city for that matter I always look for the street art as I have a personal interest in the history and culture of the powerful messages from street art around the world. I follow a multitude of
street artists on my Instagram page
Rural street artists on Instagram Y&B are rural street
artists and activists for things that matter.
Chris Buck New York based photographer. Provative conceptual images with themes of racism, privilege,
identity, power, realism, naturalism...and more
Greg Semu Visual artist born in New Zealand and from Samoan heritage working in the field of community arts and social justice.
Julia Fullerton-Batten German photographer covering social issues, often controversial.
Instagram account of photo collage artist Uğur Gallen from Turkey who contrasts photos to show injustices in the world.
Where Children Sleep is series of 56 diptychs of children and their bedrooms by James Mollinson by https://www.jamesmollison.com/where-children-sleep
Hugely powerful and thought-provoking images to share as a stimulus for thinking. James has many collections, including play and apes. (Thanks Rebecca Katsaris from Cyprus for the recommendation)
Dollar Street - 264 families in 50 countries and a collection of 30,000 photos. Sorting the homes by income, from left to right
Lens Culture Lisa Sorgini's
series of portraits taken during the Pandemic around the complex experience of motherhood.
Pobble 365 image One picture. One teaching resource. Every day.
Once upon a picture Images to inspire
Picture News weekly poster related to the news with a thought-provoking question. Free for 4 weeks during Covid-19
Blob Tree effective communication tools for review and 1000s of free images on Facebook
page for stimulus
Wonder Ponder Visual philosophy from Madrid.
Grant Snider Words and
pictures. Excellent comic art stimulus on Grant's website and his website Incidental Comics
Other artistic projects
Daily Art and P4C activities on Instagram from Jake Garfield of Line of Thought Where art meets big ideas.... (Jake is Royal Drawing School and Royal College of Art
The Extended Mind Activity Pack from a contemporary exhibition at The Talbot Gallery, Edinburgh by Dr Miranda Anderson who attended
my SAPERE P4C course at the University of Edinburgh a few years ago. The Extended Mind exhibition explored an array of ways in which aspects of the world beyond our brain, such as our bodies, objects, language, ideas, other people and environments can, and
often do, expand our cognitive capacities. The activity pack is a real journey of the mind to follow...
Films and animation
Literacy Shed collection of films
for excellent p4c stimulus (also see Images Shed)
My You Tube channel for P4C stimulus is a growing collection of P4C films and animations
ESMA films Animated films produced by the CG community of the school ESMA