Widely employed in the field of education, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an approach that uses art to develop critical thinking, communication and visual literacy skills in viewers. In this session, Philip Yenawine will draw on the concepts and methodologies of VTS and look at how the approach has been used with primary and secondary school students and adults across various disciplines, stressing on the importance of thinking, listening, observing and communicating when interpreting exhibits. While prompting questions at viewers, how can docents, as facilitators of their experience, listen better, so that viewers know their ideas or responses are being heard and put forward for more in-depth exchange and dialogue? How can the approach be applied to various types of visitors, across exhibitions of different topics and nature?

14 April 2018 (Saturday)

9:30 - 11:00am

Function Rooms, 2/F, Hotel Stage (1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan)

Philip Yenawine, Co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education and Former Education Director at the Museum of Modern Art

English with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register in advance.


learn@mplus.org.hk / (852) 2200 0041

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the event starts.

About the Speaker

Philip Yenawine

Philip Yenawine has been engaged in museum education for 40 years, ten years of which were spent as Director of Education at The Museum of Modern Art. He is founding director of the Aspen Art Museum and ran education programmes at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among others. Yenawine served as consulting curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, and as visiting professor of art education at Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Teacher Education. He co-created Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) with Abigail Housen. He is co-founding director (with Nicholas Gardner) of the Watershed Collaborative, a non-profit educational organisation that develops online resources for teachers. He writes about art and has published many books including six for children. His most recent book, Visual Thinking Strategies, was published by Harvard Education Press in October 2013. Another book on VTS for preschools is forthcoming in March 2018.

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