A pile of picture books

Visual literacy in action

Duration: 1.5 hours
Onsite excursion
Stage 2 Stage 3
Creative Arts

Dive into the pages of picture books to uncover the secret world of visual literacy. 


Students will learn to decode the secrets of visual literacy and uncover the deeper meaning of picture book illustrations. 

In this 90 minute program students will: 

  • learn about the concepts of visual literacy  
  • analyse a variety of picture book illustrations 
  • view ‘up-close’ the original illustrations for Miss Franklin: How Miles Franklin's Brilliant Career Began by Libby Hathorn and illustrated by Phil Lesnie 
  • illustrate a page using visual literacy concepts to create a book to take back to school. 

Curriculum outcomes


EN2-RECOM-01 Reads and comprehends texts for wide purposes using knowledge of text structures and language, and by monitoring comprehension. 

EN2-UARL-01 Identifies and describes how ideas are represented in literature and strategically uses similar representations when creating 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-CWT-01 Plans, creates and revises written texts for multiple purposes and audiences through selection of text features, sentence-level grammar, punctuation and word-level language 

EN3-UARL-02 Analyses representations of ideas in literature through genre and theme that reflect perspective and context, argument and authority, and adapts these representations when creating texts 

Creative Arts  

VAS3.1  Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world.  

VAS3.2  Makes artworks for different audiences assembling materials in a variety of ways.  

VAS3.4  Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks.  

Before you visit



Excursion Summary


200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups of 16-30. 


Monday to Friday, during term time 


1.5 hours 

Minimum supervision ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

State Library of New South Wales

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 292731414