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DO YOU KNOW A VISUAL LEARNER?

Hint: If a person is sensitive to colors, shapes and how things are related to each other, then the answer is yes.

LeverWise eLearning Art Academy

Welcome to LeverWise eLearning Art Academy (LEAA), self-paced, web-based art classes that emphasize the combined usage of visual and kinesthetic learning.

Although art is offered in traditional education, LeverWise eLearning Art Academy focuses on a specific curriculum that represents a more comprehensive approach to art education compared to what is currently provided. Children are often visual learners and benefit immensely from the presentation of art as a vehicle for learning in all disciplines such as language arts, social studies and math, as well as for self-expression. Art can be utilized to provide learning opportunities to visual learners, but visual learning alone cannot develop the necessary social and verbal skills. 

Do you know a visual learner? 

Visual learners are people who can easily remember images or situations they have experienced. They may also be sensitive to colors, shapes and how things are related to each other. They are able to see the big picture easily, due to the fact they are sensitive to how certain things look.

Do you know someone who feels the need to set goals? 

Often at times visual learners feel the need to set goals; these goals are then broken down into smaller doable tasks that they can focus on. They have vivid imaginations, visual learners have the ability to imagine situations and events by simulating scenarios in their minds and carefully plan their actions according to each outcome. Visual learners will simulate each scenario in their mind and carefully plan their actions according to each outcome; most people who learn primarily through visualization are people who plan things carefully.

The downside of being a visual learner

There are a few downsides of being a visual learner, such as being distracted easily, causing a break in their train of thought and hampering their understanding. Visual learners in a classroom may be distracted by colorful images in a presentation or what may be going on outside the window. They may also find it difficult to do tasks that require muscle movement, such as doing a cartwheel, they may know how to do it by watching videos or viewing pictures, but find it difficult to execute the move, because the body and muscles are not familiar with the movement.

Solutions

Visual learners have the tendency to reflect on what they have learned, by processing new ideas and trying to connect them with things they already know. Allow your visual learner to take frequent study breaks for a breather and time to process new concepts and ideas. Provide them with open-ended tasks and assignments, with little instruction, they will begin to explore various ideas and scenarios. This process will help them develop their creativity, while learning problem solving skills. 

At LEAA we combine visual and kinesthetic learning. Visual learning alone cannot develop the necessary social and verbal skills required in order to understand the world we live in today. Doing projects that require physical activities increase spatial skills and develop hand and eye coordination. By allowing the body and the mind to work together, a person can understand and tackle problems from various angles. The goal is to synchronize the body with the brain. 

Glenda Freeman is the daughter of an African American military father and Thai mother, growing up in both cultures has shaped her life and art. Born into a mixture of eastern and western cultures that do not always mesh; Buddhism has been both a sanctuary and a well in which to draw strength and clarity within her life. Glenda’s work is both a reflection of her beliefs and an integral part of her Buddhist path, but also it is the product of Glenda’s life experiences; other times it is the path she uses to work towards samma sankappa (right thinking). Art has always been Glenda’s sanctuary, as a visual learner herself, art has helped her deal with depression and overcome academic challenges.