I’m teaching a visual rhetoric course at my new university this year. It has been so much fun to create and just as much fun to teach. I have mostly upper-level English majors and minors in the class, and they are delightful, prepared, and interested.
Our first few weeks of class focused on Molly Bang’s book Picture This: How Pictures Work. We used the recently updated and revised version that came out in August 2016.
The book details how Bang learned principles of design by creating a version of Little Red Riding Hood using only five colors and simple shapes.
After we read and discussed the principles of design from the book, focused on color, shape, size, contrast, and placement, the students created their own version of a children’s book or fable using those principles and no words.
I was amazed at what my students created. Two of them agreed to let me share their books with you.
Here is Three Blind Mice.
Here is Where the Wild Things Are combined with ideas from Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Aren’t they wonderful? I look forward to seeing more of what my students can do with knowledge of visual design, rhetorical criticism, and creativity.
These are great!
I was definitely impressed!
Great work! Congratulations to your students. I hope you get to share more.
They are great students. I’ll tell them that you approve. 🙂
These are awesome! I almost want to try it myself. 🙂
Right? That would be fun. Maybe we can do our reviews for the next Literary Wives by creating our own wordless versions… ha ha
My next one might almost be wordless, anyway. 😉
Oh no. You don’t make me very excited to read it.
Sorry! Parts of it are actually quite entertaining.
Wow! Have you read What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund? Brilliant.
No! It looks like I need to! Thanks.
That is cool.
Excellent Teaching and results! I’ll share this with my Color & Composition students!
How fun! I hope they like it and I feel flattered that a professional artist commented. 🙂
How creative! I enjoyed seeing the examples of your students’ work — very impressive!
How’s the new job going? I hope you’re enjoying it. 🙂
I think it is going well. It is hard to adjust to a new university and new culture, but so far it has been good.
Love these! I wish I was taking the course ☺️
I wish you were too! 🙂
Beautiful projects! To tell the truth, I’m not sure I could distinguish them from some professional work. Do you teach at the university level?
Yes. I teach undergraduate English majors and minors.