Frustrated when data revealed visitors learned little from his talented teaching staff at NY’s Museum of Modern Art, Philip Yenawine turned to Abigail Housen, a scholar who studied “aesthetic thought”—how people use what they know when looking at art—to try to determine and remedy the problem.
Working with others, they created a method called Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and spent over a dozen years studying to see if it nurtured the growth not seen to result from more conventional methods of teaching; it did. Moreover, from early in the research period, teachers reported on what was then found in data: VTS discussions of art can be used to teach visual literacy, language, thinking, and social skills valued in schools.
This presentation will branch from philosophical (what is art for?) to theoretical (what does Abigail Housen’s research into aesthetic thought tell us about viewing) to practical (how to create empowered viewers and effective thinkers.) A VTS discussion will help illuminate all of these topics as well as offer a unique opportunity to exercise our brains not to mention our hearts and spirits. Questions welcomed.
Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in the AMAM’s King Sculpture Court.
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