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Visual culture surrounds us everyday with advertisements screaming for our attention, typography in textbooks and clothes waiting to be worn. Students need to be pushed to move beyond passive consumption to actively critique their world. Most individuals do not continue into a career in art, but everyone exists in a visually complex world. As students grow in their understanding of the power of images, they are able to critically analyze the images they are constantly being bombarded with. Through an increased appreciation of art from the past and present, they will be encouraged to ask questions and seek out their own answers about the images they view. With the teacher acting as a guide, the classroom can become a space for open-minded, intelligent conversations, lead by the students. In this manner, students will grow in self-confidence, problem-solving skills for real world issues and new ways of looking at the visual noise that engulfs them.