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Alphabet of Art

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Christine Merriam (
Tue, 07 Apr 1998 09:47:33 +0000

While perusing the PBS Teacher web page, I found this link, thought it should
be shared:

This site describes the Alphabet of Art, a notation system for visual design.
The alphabet was developed by the
late Robert J. McKnight, a sculptor, designer, and theoretician of art.
McKnight believed that the historical development of
communication systems paralleled the development of the senses in the
individual. Just as a newborn child orients itself to
the world first by touch, then hearing, and only later by eyesight, so
objective systems of communication developed in that
order. First came the numerical system, based on our fingers and the sense of
touch. Next came the alphabet, based on our
sense of hearing. McKnight saw the evolution of a visual notation system as
the next logical step--hence the Alphabet of Art.

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School