Visual Learners

Visual Learners

Visual learners often have highly developed memories for the way things look. A study skill for them may be to memorize the look of a diagram in its entirety. Visual learners who are not learning disabled often prefer to read material rather than having it told to them or demonstrated. As they are keen observers, visual students will often request an example to copy.

The teacher can stimulate students’ visual interest by having them research the work of other artists or look at pictures of the subject matter they are trying to create rather than copy a sample done by the teacher, which can be limiting to their imagination.

While they are highly sensitive to colour and visual elements in the environment, visual learners are easily over-stimulated by texture and sound. They will often prefer to wear rubber gloves to finger paint and will choose drawing materials over sculptural materials. They might like a calm and quiet learning environment.

Since visual learners take in information through their eyes, they are often keen observers of their own and others’ appearances (they might see details others don’t), so you can often spot a visual learner as, no matter what their budget constraints are, they are often very well put together. This can sometimes lead to shyness as they can come to believe that everyone notices as many things as they do.

Visual learners can struggle in art despite their ability to visualize if they are not given a great deal of assistance to understand the place of practice in developing artistic skills. Remind struggling visual students that no one would expect them to play a piano concert without practicing and that with time and effort, they will be able to match the pictures in their heads with the images they are producing on paper. Visual learners like to produce aesthetic work with a beautiful finished appearance. They may need extra time to complete work to their own satisfaction.