How to: Engage Your Students with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

09may3:30 pm4:45 pmHow to: Engage Your Students with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)Webinar for Teachers & Educators


(Thursday) 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


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Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a powerful and exciting student-centred teaching methodology.

Introduced at the Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, it was co-developed at the Museum of Modern Art in the 1980s in New York by cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine.

VTS uses facilitated discussion to practice respectful, democratic, collaborative problem-solving among students, which transfers to other classroom interactions and beyond. Regular VTS lessons have been proven to strengthen students’ oral communications, literacy and creative and analytical skills among students of all ages.  

In this presentation, participants will gain insights to the VTS design, structure and application. Learn how VTS sits within other Thinking Routines, specifically those created and collated by Project Zero at Harvard. Of benefit to educators from kindergarten through to tertiary, this webinar is also highly beneficial for artists and gallery staff.


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Christine Healey: Christine Healey is Curator Education and Community Learning at the Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds and an experienced Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) facilitator, coach and trainer. Christine initially trained in VTS in New York (2012), followed with two fellowships at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2013) and again as a guest of Independent Schools Victoria (2016). Christine introduced VTS and the VTS school partnerships into Australian contexts whilst Education Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Christine’s formal qualifications include an MA Arts Management, RMIT University, Grad. Dip Ed. (Visual Arts), Uni Melb and Bachelor Fine Arts (Photography), Victorian College of the Arts and current Ph.D candidate at RMIT University. She is vice-president of Education Network Victoria (ENVI) and a 2013 Melbourne Boston Sister Cities fellow.