As a way to get to know each other, and also to begin to do some visual rhetoric analysis, take a picture (or find a picture) of something in your neighborhood. Feel free to interpret neighborhood any way you want (home, work, family, physical environment, concepts that represent the neighborhood). Then, take a look at this site:
They are focusing on analyzing art, but the concepts are universal to doing visual rhetoric analysis. Choose at least one concept from each of the two main categories (Elements and Principles) and write an analysis (minimum of 2 pages, single-space) of the picture you took. If you can, place your picture within your text so that the reader can view the visual while you talk about it. Don't worry if you feel like you don't know what you are doing. This is just a way for us to get started, so just talk about what you see. Think about the other students in the class and write as if you are sharing with us in class.
Neighborhood Field Trip to Wray Lane
We are going to go to Wray Lane and view it using the visual analyses techniques we have learned so far. You can use the same visual analysis framework that we used for Part I, or you can use other frameworks we have read about or discussed. As you look, you will probably want to take pictures but be mindful of the people who live in this area. I know you will all be respectful as you view the area.
We will meet there at 4. Park along Jarvis Street. Our main focus is Wray Lane, but I want you to look at the larger context of where it is located as well. Walk down Wray Lane, but also walk down Paloma and Cape Hatteras Drive. What do you see? What do you think about what you see? What do you think the historical/cultural/governmental issues related to what you see?
Then using the info you collect, write a visual analysis. Think about the other students in the class and write as if you are sharing with us in class.
We have looked at many examples of visual rhetoric, and many different ways to analyze visual rhetoric. For this last assignment, chose some type of focus - a character, the use of color, a scene, a concept, etc. - from the Maus text and write a visual analysis. You will also need to choose a method for doing the analysis, one that fits the discussion you are making. Make sure to explain what your focus is and what method you are using as part of the analysis.