We and our world are intensely visual. Ninety percent of information that comes to the brain is visual. Sixty-five percent of the population are visual learners. Visual aids in the classroom improve learning by as much as four hundred percent. Given these realities, students should be empowered with the tools to judge and discuss visual artifacts. Visual literacy has myriad applications in the real and digital worlds and is applicable to nearly every discipline. Being critical means making well-informed, and carefully organized and articulated observations. This NTC enables participants to help students contextualize and evaluate photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. More than just art appreciation––but not dryly historical or aesthetically theoretical––this session will closely examine important and revealing objects, mainly from the Newberry and Chicago-area museum collections. Narrated PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and activities comprise this fruitful and lively session.