EVENTS    Visual Thinking Strategies Workshop

Public Galleries Association of Victoria




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Visual Thinking Strategies Workshop
Public Galleries Association of Victoria
When: Monday 28 November 2016, 10am - 4:30pm



Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a powerful and exciting student-centred teaching methodology co-developed by cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine. VTS has been proven to strengthen students’ oral communications, literacy and creative and analytical skills among students of all ages. VTS uses facilitated discussion to practice respectful, democratic, collaborative problem-solving among students, which transfers to other classroom interactions and beyond.


In this full day program participants will themselves look carefully at selected artworks, talk about what they observe and be encouraged to support their interpretation with visual evidence. Through open-ended inquiry and engagement with visual art, listening to others and hands-on practical experiences participants will learn how to facilitate VTS in their own galleries, classrooms and communities.


For teachers: VTS does not replace other art classroom teaching strategies or curriculum but enhances them. You will leave this day ready to facilitate VTS lessons with your students in your next class.



Monday 28 November 2016
Venue: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne

10am: Registration and welcome
10:30am: Introduction to VTS
12.30pm: Lunch (provided)
1.30pm: Practical activities
3:30pm: Review
4pm: Conclusion – next steps and evaluation
4:30pm: End of day



Notepad, pen, pencil for galleries. Everything else provided.



Christine Healey is an experienced Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) trainer, coach and facilitator. Christine initially trained in VTS in New York (2012), followed up with fellowships at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2013) and as a guest of Independent Schools Victoria (September 2016). Christine values divergent thinking and is passionate about creating high impact art experiences for people who visit museums especially from communities that do not usually visit. Christine is currently Education and Volunteer Coordinator at the Shrine of Remembrance. Previously she was Education Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Christine’s formal qualifications include an M.A. (Arts Management) RMIT University and a B.F.A. (Photography) from the Victorian College of the Arts. She is a VIT registered teacher. Christine is a current Ph.D candidate at RMIT University. She has an executive role on both Museums Australia Education(MAE) and Education Network Victoria (ENVI). Christine is also a 2013 Melbourne Boston Sister Cities fellow.

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