EVENTS    Seminar & Workshops: Education Programs in Museums and Galleries

Public Galleries Association of Victoria


Image: Christine Healey, Education Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art delivers a workshop on Visual Thinking Strategies. Image courtesy of the PGAV.



EVENT: Seminar & Workshops: Education Programs in Museums and Galleries
Thursday 11 September 2014


The PGAV in partnership with Museums Australia (Victoria) presented a seminar and workshops on the latest approaches to education programs in art galleries and museums.



  •  Christine Healey, Education Manager, Heide Museum of Modern Art
  •  Peter Hoban, Team Leader, Sovereign Hill Education
  •  Kathryn Hendy-Ekers, Curriculum Manager – Visual Arts, Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority (VCAA)
  •  Gina Panebianco, Head of Education, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
  •  Eleanor Whitworth, Senior Arts Officer & Content Creator – Culture Victoria, Arts Victoria


The seminar featured presentations on the major priorities driving education programming, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the changing priorities and evaluation of learning programs in the museum context, the History in Place pilot program, as well as the curriculum priorities in teaching and learning in Victoria.


In the afternoon participants took part in three hands-on workshops at The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria:


Ekphrasis – Writing about art
Presenter: Susie May, NGV Educator

This workshop demonstrated  ways that works of art can be used to inspire personal responses, creative thinking and rich descriptive writing. A program targeted at  ‘Language’, ‘Literature’ and ‘Literacy’ strands of the English domain in the AusVELS.


Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in Galleries & Museums
Presenter: Christine Healey, Heide Museum of Modern Art

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an inquiry-based teaching strategy suitable for all student levels and abilities. VTS Facilitators do not need any special art training to use this strategy. The goal of VTS is not to teach the history of a work of art but, rather, to encourage participants to observe independently and to back up their comments with evidence in a group discussion. In this workshop attendees participated in a demonstration of VTS followed by a brief discussion of this new approach to engaging audiences in galleries.


Getting rid of student trails
Presenter: Peter Hoban, Sovereign Hill Education

Student trails have often been an important part of education programming in museums. Some educators have suggested that they are more of a teacher control mechanism than a good learning tool. This session explored ways to engage students in higher order thinking using simple technologies.


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