Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples


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In this lesson, you looked at a painting of Napoleon on a horse. This is also a painting of Napoleon on a horse. Notice the differences in the color scheme - Napoleon is no longer wearing a bright red cloak, and there are other people in the painting as well. How do the author's choices about composition and color scheme affect your 'reading' of this painting?

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1. This statue of Napoleon implies that he's a very strong, powerful person. What elements of the statue accomplish this?

2. The artist's depiction of Napoleon in this work makes him look…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Visual media can have many different meanings depending on the person viewing the presentation. This quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge of finding the true meaning in visual media.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you will be quizzed on:

  • Finding meaning in visual media
  • Elements that offer clues to meaning
  • Thought processes related to understanding visual media

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning in visual media
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about this form of media
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding various elements in visual media

Additional Learning

To learn more about visual media and its meaning, review the lesson called Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples. The lesson will discuss the following topics:

  • How to find the meaning in visual media
  • Finding context and contrast in visual media
  • How to read visual media