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Trying out camera settings for front cover images
Liz Orton / Project Diary / Queens Park Community School / Visual Literacy activities

Trying out camera settings for front cover images

Pupils are progressing with their magazines. They have prepared some supporting information on style, readership, unique selling points and key content. So each magazine is shaping up and now it’s time to shoot an image for the front cover. I set up the studio in a nearby classroom,  which is a large computer suite. We … Continue reading

A Moment for Reflection
Helen Cammock / Hendon School / Visual Literacy activities

A Moment for Reflection

This activity gets students thinking about different elements that contribute to the reading and construction of an image and the impact on the difference of the site of presentation of work. It is not intended to be a question and answer session – it should be a lively discussion conducted either in two groups or small groups … Continue reading

Activity: Diptychs –  When 2 Becomes 1
Claire Collison / Visual Literacy activities / Westminster Academy

Activity: Diptychs – When 2 Becomes 1

This activity is designed to explore reading images as a pair. Students are focusing on Peter Abrahams for a course module (three of his photographic diptychs are currently on loan to the school). We began by looking at the origin of diptychs from church iconography, and discussed examples of diptychs from other types of photographic … Continue reading

Activity: Acrostics
Claire Collison / Visual Literacy activities / Westminster Academy

Activity: Acrostics

This activity by Claire Collison introduces students to visual literacy; inviting students to look hard at a single image. It was originally devised during the first year of the project, working with Hendon School, on a visit to the Dayanita Singh show at the Hayward Gallery, when the aim was to find links between a range of … Continue reading

Visual research for student magazines
Liz Orton / Project Diary / Queens Park Community School

Visual research for student magazines

I prepared a visual research session as pupils are about to start producing their GCSE magazines. They have already chosen their preferred magazine themes – primarily sport, fashion and gaming. Only one pupil surprised me with her theme, in choosing magic. Even though she doesn’t practice magic, she wants to create something novel and different. … Continue reading