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Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies

The Museum has partnered with the Rapides Parish School Board and Visual Understanding in Education, a separate 501(c)(3) organization, to introduce a new visual literacy program in four Title I elementary schools. The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method and curriculum centers on open-ended yet highly-structured discussions of visual art. Through VTS' rigorous and engaging individual and group problem-solving process, students cultivate a willingness and ability to present their own ideas, while respecting and learning from the perspectives of their peers. 

The curriculum consists of ten sessions with nine sessions focused on examining three to four artworks. The final session is spent at the Museum. In VTS discussions, teachers support student growth by facilitating discussions of carefully selected works of visual art by asking three questions:

  1. What’s going on in this picture?
  2. What do you see that makes you say that?
  3. What more can we find?

Students must look carefully at the works of art, describe what they observe, back up their ideas with evidence, and discuss many possible interpretations. This process builds critical thinking, language, and literacy skills that can be used across subject areas to enhance students’ ability to learn.

This curriculum is a great fit for the local schools as VTS connects directly to key standards in the English Language Arts of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The Museum empowers local teachers to conduct this curriculum by providing bi-annual training by a VTS instructor, offering online resources, and regular observation and feedback by Museum educators. 

FREE 2-DAY VTS WORKSHOP AT AMoA

June 16 & 17, 9am - 4pm - Click here to learn more!

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