VIsual Literacy Workshop at FIAO 2/2
When it comes to children, it is especially important to understand how a book can transition from a simple "story" or a timely "message" into a full blown teachable moment encouraging fledging young readers to experience a direct sense of agency in dealing with the book content. Picture books, increasingly popular even among older and/or sophisticated readers, have proven to be especially apt at presenting children with rewarding opportunities for interpretative discussions, growth mindset and playful engagement thus enabling kids to expand their cache of intellectual, emotional and cultural knowledge using age appropriate concepts.
- Odeta introduces students to a short history of collage with special emphasis on photomontage as a special type of collage focusing on photography. I will provide appropriate examples and will ask participating children to come up with relevant examples from daily life.
- Odeta showcases collaging practice. Participants will have the opportunity to observe how Odeta goes about creating Here Comes Ingo book illustrations starting from the blank page and adding layers upon layers of cut outs playing with shape, color, composition.
- Odeta instructs participants to use the book pages as the initial stage upon which to reenact scenes from their imagination by working in small groups. Role-playing will be encouraged when appropriate.
- Group work is vital in instilling the understanding that in order to complete the assignment, each group member needs to be able to communicate her ideas clearly and be tolerant of each others' differences. Odeta observes and takes notes how students on each group:
- break through shyness
- play their way through group rivalry
- express and understand negotiation
- cooperate without power struggle
- empower themselves and respect diversity
- Using Here Comes Ingo illustrations Odeta stirs participants to focus on:
- comprehension “What do you think is happening?”
- predicting “What do you think will happen next?”
- inferring “What makes you think that?”
- reasoning “Why do you think that happened?”
- sequencing “What happened first? Next? Last?”
- Odeta encourages each group to read the finalized story to the class having, hopefully, instilled a sense of well deserved pride on completing the storytelling self-directed assignment.