On Sight

Aperture On Sight: Teaching Visual Literacy through Photography

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Dorothea Lange, Aperture Founding Member

Welcome to Aperture On Sight / Online!

Digital technology has altered the communications landscape, including the role that visual imagery plays in our lives. Visual literacy is a set of skills that allows us to construct meaning out of visual information and it is the visually literate among us who are the most effective communicators today.

The Aperture On Sight curriculum is designed to teach visual literacy through working with photography and creating photobooks. It builds students’ abilities to communicate as visual storytellers, develops them as creative and critical thinkers, as well as building their capacity for academic and professional success.

The Aperture On Sight curriculum relies on the equation:

form + content + context = meaning

as a framework for twenty, seventy-five-minute lesson plans that guide teachers working with students in grades six through twelve. Read more…