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‘Reading’ pictures - visual literacy skills

Excursion Summary

Stage 2
Stage 3
Creative Arts
45 minutes


Your students can already read the words in picture books but can they ‘read’ the pictures? Find out how to decode the mysteries of visual literacy as we explore beautiful illustrations from Australian picture books. 

Curriculum Outcomes


  • EN2-8B Identifies and compares different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an understanding of purpose, audience and subject matter  
  • EN2-10C Thinks imaginatively, creatively and interpretively about information, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts  

Creative arts

  • VAS2.1 Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter  
  • VAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible  
  • VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques  


  • EN3-8D Identifies and considers how different viewpoints of their world, including aspects of culture, are represented in texts 

Creative arts

  • VAS3.1 Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world 
  • VAS3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks 

Please note

This session, artworks, film and sound clips are protected by copyright and may not be recorded, reproduced or used in any way without the express written consent of the State Library of NSW. 

Booking Details




45 minutes

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