Saturday, October 8, 2011
The November, 2011 issue of School Arts magazine (left) is about storytelling and teachers are encouraged to teach students how to read, understand, and create their own visual stories.
Visual stories can be found in history books, geography texts, documentary films, magazines and even safety instructions in airplanes (right). People make their livings as visual storytellers in comic strips, comic books, children's books, storyboarding, movies, TV, animation, advertising, video games and a growing list of visual media outlets such as the iPad.
Telling a story with images uses the elements of good storytelling and good visualization in such a way that the information is often easier to understand, more compelling, and useful for people who read and write in different languages. The instructions on the right for putting on an oxygen mask uses the Western convention of reading from left to right and top to bottom. The convention for visual storytelling in Asia is often the reverse. Manga, for example, uses the Eastern convention of right to left and bottom to top so, to Western readers, it seems like you start at the back of the book.
Click on the heading above to see a page on Telling Visual Stories from School Arts magazine.