Today’s viewers require 21st century skills to help encode visual concepts through the transformative process of creative expression as well as decode meaning through the informative process of critical response to society’s images, ideas, and media of the past as well as that which permeates our increasingly complex visual world.
Form+Theme+Context (FTC) is a Balanced Way of Seeing® that enables any viewer to decode and encode artworks and other phenomena such as a museum, piece of music, poem, film, as well as interdisciplinary concepts and contemporary issues. Designed to deepen one’s vision through focus, interpretation, discovery, and understanding, FTC builds “curatorial” skills and works best in interactive workshop settings where group members share discoveries derived from direct visual experience.
Using the FTC Palette as a tool for decoding and encoding meaning, this balanced way of seeing can deepen one’s understanding of artworks, museums, non-art concepts, and even complex issues such as bullying or sexual abuse & harassment! To download FTC Palettes go to the FTC Palette Tool Page.