This is from Illinois Art Teacher. Thought you might like it. Gail
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3. COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
Art is a language of visual images that everyone must learn to read. In art
classes, we make visual images, and we study images. Increasingly, these
images affect our needs, our daily
behavior, our hopes, our opinions, and our ultimate ideals. That is why the
individual who cannot understand or read images is incompletely educated.
Complete literacy includes the ability to understand, respond to, and talk
about visual images. Therefore, to carry out its total mission, art
education stimulates language spoken and written about visual images. As
art teachers we work continuously on the development of critical skills.
is our way of encouraging linguistic skills. By teaching pupils to
analyze, and interpret visual images, we extend their powers of verbal
expression. That is no educational frill.
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