Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June, 11:00 - 17:00
This intensive 2-day course, led by Janneke van Leeuwen, covers the theory and practice of facilitating group conversations with visual works of art or complex imagery.
VTS is a facilitation method and professional development programme that fosters collaborative, inclusive, community-building dialogue. Discussion forms around a single visual artwork as the group, one-by-one, unpack what they are looking at and ‘read the work’ through listening and speaking together. This session is particularly for educators, but will also be of use to artists and others interested in developing their own critical thinking, visual literacy and collaborative communication skills.
The course is taught through lectures (40% information/theory related to psychological theories and studies behind the VTS method) and practice (60% practical sessions as a group). Using a selection of images in the studio and exhibition spaces, participants take turns applying the VTS methodology with the rest of the group.
By taking part, participants will:
- develop practical skills in the basic techniques of facilitating group conversations around visual artworks and complex images with the VTS method
- gain knowledge of the theoretical and research framework behind the VTS method
- learn more about the relationship between visual imagination and the social brain
Each participant will also receive a VTS course completion certificate and an e-book of Shaping Open Minds.
Janneke van Leeuwen is an artist and neuropsychologist currently undertaking research for a PhD with University College London's Institute of Neurology. She is the founder of The Thinking Eye, which is dedicated to understanding the links between the human brain and our visual world. Janneke is a qualified VTS facilitator and coach for individuals and teams.
£300/£280 Members & concessions
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