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Visual Literacy: The Rabbits
Transcript of Visual Literacy: The Rabbits
John Marsden & Shaun Tan
Understanding the story: The Rabbits Part 1
Page Analysis: The Title Page
Page Analysis: Page 1
Note you do not have this page in your set! PLEASE Leave a space.
Page Analysis: Page 2
Examine this page carefully.
1. What do you see? Make a list
2. The author uses four short sentences on this double page spread.
A) What do you notice about the language used?
B) The pronouns used? The font? The positioning of the written text?
3. What creatures can you see? What can you say about how these creatures are positioned?
4. Why do you think the illustrator has made most of the page the background, with the figures taking only the top section?
5. What colours are used? What is the effect of this?
Detailed Writing Task:
To develop your skills and knowledge of picture analysis answer the following question:
Write a paragraph explaining the meaning behind one of the pages we have studied in class.
Remember to include the following:
What elements are shown,
What is the effect of each of these elements
Explain purpose of the image
Answer the following questions by using full sentences:
1. Describe what you see in this image.
2. The written text on this page is a little different from the previous page.
A)What differences can you see?
B) Why do you think the text has been presented differently?
3. What colours are used? What is the effect of this?
A) How do these colours contrast with those from the previous page?
Remember: When answering these questions use your vocabulary words.
Copy out this statement into your books:
The title page sets the theme of the story. A ripped sheet of paper, covering that blue-lilac bird-filled lake. The reader can see that some of the paper has begun to soak up the water, turning the white into a creeping grey, the birds are moving away, their backs are turned and they are all looking to the right, they've seen something we can't see yet. The white paper is both a cover as well as the pond, as flowers are growing from its edges.
Complete these questions in full sentences:
1. Describe the title font?
2. What feelings and images are presented by this choice of font?
3. Why do you think the title page is ripped?
Vocabulary and Techniques for Visual Literacy
Layout – the presentation of the physical text and pictures in relation to each other.
Reading Path – For example Australia readers will read text left to right, and then down the page.
Vectors – Vectors are similar to reading paths as they are concerned with how the viewer of a visual text reads the page.
Size – The physical size and composition of the text, or image. What is the focus of the particular image being presented.
Drawing Style – How the visual is created. This refers to the use and technique the creator favours when creating an image.
Symbolism – The use of an image to represent one or more complex ideas.
Colour – used to show feeling and emotion. The tone of the colour used can emphasise the words and reinforce symbolism.