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Visual Thinking Strategies Two-Day Workshop

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Visual Thinking Strategies Two-Day Workshop

30 Nov 2017 – 1 Dec 2017

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 two-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 classrooms and communities.

The VTS pedagogy does not require specialist art knowledge or skills. It enhances other art classroom teaching strategies and curriculum. Participants will leave this program ready to facilitate VTS lessons with students in their next class / next visit to their gallery.


30 November & 1 December 2017, 10am - 4:30pm each day


NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne


Notepad, pen, pencil for galleries.


Christine Healey is an experienced Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) trainer, coach and facilitator. Christine initially trained in VTS in New York, followed up with two fellowships at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Christine values divergent thinking and is passionate about creating high impact art and museum experiences for people who visit galleries, especially communities that do not usually visit. Christine is currently Curator of Education and Community Learning at the Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds. Previously she was Education Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Shrine of Remembrance. 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 executive roles on both Museums Australia Education (MAE) and Education Network Victoria (ENVI). Christine is also a Melbourne Boston Sister Cities fellow. Twitter: @ChristineHealey LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/christinehealey

Cancellation and Refund Policy
  • Registered participants that are no longer able to attend may nominate a substitute up until the starting time. Where possible, please notify the PGAV of substitutions and cancellations by email, up until 5pm, Thursday 19 October 2017.
  • Cancellations received before 5pm, Thursday 19 October 2017 will be refunded, less an administration fee of $55 inc GST.
  • Cancellations received after 5pm, Thursday 19 October 2017 are not refundable.
  • Exceptions are at the discretion of the PGAV. 

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.