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Questions for the Sense of Sight

Seeing is Believing…

Think of everything you can see in your scene…

  • What objects are stationary in the scene? List five specific features of each object mentioned.

  • How are these stationary objects arranged? Do they form any definite pattern or shape with relation to one another?

  • Can this pattern or shape be compared to the pattern or shape of more familiar objects?

  • Does the scene as a whole have any definite shape?

  • What objects are moving in the scene? List five specific features of each object mentioned. How are these features related, if at all, to the object’s motion?

  • How can the quality of this motion be described? Intensity? Direction? Rhythm?

  • Does this motion form any kind of pattern?

  • Can the quality or pattern of this motion be compared to the quality or pattern of the motion of a more
    familiar object?

  • What are the colors of the scene? Is there a dominant color?

  • Can these colors be more vividly conveyed by appealing to well-known objects?

  • What is the source of light in the scene? If the scene is out-of-­doors, what is the quality of the sunlight, if any?

  • How does the sunlight, or absence thereof, affect the visual aspects of the scene? Shadow? Haze? Glare? Clarity?

  • If the scene is in-doors, what is the source and quality of the light? How do these affect the visual aspects of the scene?

  • What is the most striking feature of each of the objects mentioned?

  • What are the most striking features of the scene as a whole?

  • Why are these features striking? Do they form any common impression?

[From D. Gordon Rohman and Albert O. Wlecke. Pre-Writing: The Construction and Application of Models for Concept Forrmation Writing. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University, 1964, pp. 114-115.]

 

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