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Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Look Club [April 2019]

  • Incinerator Gallery 180 Holmes Road Moonee Ponds, VIC, 3039 Australia (map)

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be part of a VTS conversation? 

Or do you just want to experience an exploration into an artwork with a group?

Led by Christine Healey, an experienced VTS facilitator this introductory session encourages participants to discuss and listen to each other in a conversation about carefully chosen artworks. The teacher facilitates the group discussion rather than leading or providing extra information.

Through this shared experience and debrief participants gain an opportunity for a rich discussion about an artwork as well as first-hand insight into this pedagogy and its possible applications.

This session is recommended for anyone who wants to connect with art in a meaningful way.

Participants do not need to have had any previous VTS exposure or have a teaching role. 

What is Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)? 

Designed for beginner viewers of art, VTS is a powerful and exciting student-centred teaching methodology co-developed at the Museum of Modern Art, 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 participants, 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.


Christine Healey (Curator Education and Community Learning, at the Incinerator Gallery) is an experienced VTS facilitator. Christine initially trained in VTS in New York (2012), followed up with a fellowship and coaching training at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2013 and 2016 respectively). Christine introduced VTS and the VTS school partnerships at Heide Museum of Modern Art and is pleased to be bringing this pedagogy to the Incinerator Gallery and schools in Melbourne's western suburbs.

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