Visual thinking skills for artists are integral to the creative or problem-solving process.
The concept of visual thinking includes the ability to:
· view works of art or design — understand the visual codes that describe, explain, analyse, interpret — and ultimately to develop a personal visual aesthetic.
· visually record — inspirations, influences, ideas, thoughts, messages, media, analysis of works of art or design — using technology, developing and refining ideas and skills, and working towards resolution of works of art or design.
For both Art and Design, visual thinking is about developing the skills to think visually and to record this thinking. This means using drawings, sketches, diagrams, graphical representations, media or materials studies and experiments, concept representations, modelling, prototypes, photographs, photocopies of images, digital graphics, and/or audiovisual digital recording techniques, accompanied by written or recorded annotations to document the thinking.
At Stage 2, visual thinking extends to the clear communication of a personal visual aesthetic, which has been refined throughout the process of developing works of art or design for resolution.
A personal visual aesthetic is developed through an understanding of self, the influences affecting personal aesthetic beliefs, and the impact of the visual arts on personal skills, knowledge, and ways of working and looking at the world. This can be developed through:
· exposure to many forms, styles, and ideas in the visual arts
· discussion of the role of the visual arts in shaping personal development and cultural identity
· encouraging self-analysis and the exploration of their own beliefs.
Students should develop the skills to summarise, analyse, and reflect on their visual thinking, to answer questions such as:
· How and why has my opinion changed during the visual thinking process?
· What have I learnt about my ability to record processes visually?
· What is my idea of a personal visual aesthetic?
· What are the influences or inspiration for my aesthetic philosophy?