Whether or not you intend to pursue a visually-oriented career like film-making or design, you do live in a world that is saturated in images. Studies estimate that we encounter thousands of images on a daily basis, and none of these images are innocuous. For every image you see, someone designed it and someone paid for it. Maybe you noticed it, or maybe you didn’t—regardless, that image was there and it played a role in shaping your world.
Just as you might read a novel and follow the story but then go to your English class and discover you missed some really important parts to fully understand the book, you can also look at an image and only partially understand it.
This course intends to give you the tools to notice more of the images in your daily life and learn how to critically engage with them. Over the 16 weeks, we will watch movies, television shows, YouTube channels, music videos and look at photos, advertisements, artwork, and websites. By the end of this class, you should be better equipped to move through life as a more thoughtful consumer and a more engaged, responsible citizen.
This class can be an elective credit OR it could be taken as part of English (as it is only worth a 1/2 credit you would need to supplement it with grammar, vocabulary etc). It is intended for students who enjoy challenging material and are ready to think, discuss and grow in their understanding of today’s visual culture.
Instructor: Rachel Watson
For: Grades 9-12
Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week
Credit Hours: one semester (1/2 credit)
Spring Dates: January 15 – May 12 (any week in March can be taken for Spring break)
Syllabus: Available here
Required Materials: Check your library before buying!
Persepolis Vol 1
The Medium is the Massage
How to Read a Film by Monaco (Please note: some pages of this book contain photos you may not approve of. None are referenced in the class. Our suggestion is that you remove those pages if they are a problem. There aren’t many.)
Students will also need to rent 3 or 4 movies