VTS uses facilitated discussion to enable students to negotiate and employ collaborative problem-solving skills. In VTS programs, students will 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, and listening to their peers, students develop interpersonal and social skills.

VTS was developed in the U.S. by cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and renowned museum educator Philip Yenawine. VTS programs are used extensively in American museums, schools, universities and health institutions.

Heide MoMA is the first museum in Australia to offer VTS education programs for students and teachers.

To learn more visit vtshome.org

Want to get involved in VTS? You can book your student group into a Responding to Art: Visual Thinking Strategies program at Heide.