Visual Literacy

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Our institutions offer many free resources which are useful in preparing for visual literacy lessons and exercises and are reliable sources for the students.

Toledo Museum of Art Online Collection

The Toledo Museum of Art’s collection of approximately 25,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. Many of the works can be viewed for free through their online collection. Search by artist, medium, title, style, or other keywords. 

THe University of Toledo Digital Repository

The University of Toledo Digital Repository contains a variety of collections including university archives, manuscript collections, faculty and student research, specialized digital collections, U.S. patents assigned to the University of Toledo, yearbooks, college newspapers (Collegian), and other digital content of interest.

Toledo's Attic

Toledo's Attic is a virtual museum with a focus on the region's commercial, industrial, and social history from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries. Founded in 1995, it is a co-operative project of the Ward M. Canaday Center of the University of Toledo, the UT Department of History, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, the Maumee Valley Historical Society, and WGTE Public Media.


Below are many  resources available online for use in classrooms and research.

International visual literacy association

IVLA is a not-for-profit association of researchers, educators, designers, media specialists, and artists dedicated to the principles of visual literacy. IVLA was formed for the purpose of providing a forum for the exchange of information related to visual literacy. We are also concerned with issues dealing with education, instruction and training in modes of visual communication and their application through the concept of visual literacy to individuals, groups, organizations, and to the public in general.


The International Association for Visual Culture is an international network of scholars, educators, artists, curators, and museum professionals dedicated to the advancement of Visual Culture Studies in a transnational and contemporary framework. The IAVC serves as an advocacy group and professional organization that unites a diversity of opinions, platforms, and ideas.


The International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) is a nonprofit, democratic, and academically-oriented professional organization devoted to the visual study of society, culture, and social relationships. Our members represent a wide spectrum of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, education, visual communication, photography, filmmaking, art, and journalism. 


The Visual Communication Studies Division seeks to enhance the understanding of the visual in all its forms – moving and still images and displays in television, video and film, art and design, and print and digital media. 

The iNTERNATIONAL association for education through arts

The International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA) is a non-governmental organization and official partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization UNESCO.) InSEA's purpose is to encourage and advance creative education through art, design and crafts in all countries and promote international understanding.

ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATIONal communications & technology

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and professionals who provide leadership and advise policy makers in order to sustain a continuous effort to enrich teaching and learning.

visual resources aSSOCIATION foundation

rces Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management while advocating for the value of images in the teaching and learning environment.

national art education ASSOCIATION

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is a professional association founded in 1947 in the United States. It is the world's largest professional art education association.

ASSOCIATIOn for visual pedagogies

The Association for Visual Pedagogies (AVP) is an exciting, pioneering development which is creating a multi-disciplinary global community with shared interests in visual pedagogies.

Graphic communications education aSSOCIATION

The Graphic Communication Education Association is an association of educators in partnership with industry, dedicated to sharing theories, principles, techniques and processes relating to graphic communications and imaging technology.


EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology.

Last Updated: 6/21/22