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Sunni Brown

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Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?

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Visual literacy, if described as the ability to communicate via doodling, drawing, and sketching or described as the ability to display complex information in visual language formats, is often a literacy missing in adults despite it being a universal and natural inclination in children. Why does it disappear? And more importantly, what can we do to alter this course?

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    Oct 31 2011: I just discovered your doodling talk in the past week. I am trying to re-connect with this ability. I am an extremely visual person in my mind, learning, memories etc...And I am the mother of two extremely talented artists and therefore have felt intimidated to pursue any kind of drawing/doodling. However I believe this is truly holding me back and others as well. We need to access all the tools we have at our disposal for communication. And this is whether it is high tech tools or the absence thereof.

    Thank you for the work you do.
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      Oct 31 2011: Congratulate yourself for two talented children and then promptly stop comparing your work to them or to anyone else. This skill is for YOU. Don't judge it, don't criticize it. Just follow where it leads you. Mo, you go!
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        Oct 31 2011: Thank you. Your encouragement means a lot. I am going back to college at age 40 and will graduate next year. After that I want to be an inspirational speaker and creativity consultant. Just as you believe doodling/drawing is for everyone, I feel the same way about creativity. It is for everyone and in all areas of our lives.
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          Nov 1 2011: As high school came to a close I wanted to be able to draw the things I saw in my mind. Make them real outside, where I could see them. I took several years of college drawing classes to grasp perspective, light & shadow, form, and figure. It was scary, really difficult, and totally worth it. It's like over coming an impairment or a disability. There is no competition with anyone but yourself, that's your decision to embrace or ignore. Each artist has a point of view and has figured out some way to express it in the way they know how. Some may see other's images as inaccurate, sloppy, 'wrong,' or different than how they, the viewer, would envision such a thing. At that point make your own drawing to enjoy the way you like it. There will be new challenges in trying to master and comprehend what it takes to make something the way you envision it. Personally, I find my initial intension will alter greatly by the skills I have or are missing to achieve an initial vision and I am left with what I knew prior to the knowledge gain in trying something new by expanding my understanding.

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