Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a teaching method widely used to improve critical thinking, visual literacy, and language skills in students. Philip Yenawine opens the session with a demonstration of VTS and shows participants how this approach works for them, making a connection with students’ learning processes. The speaker then demonstrates how VTS is used in discussions with students in secondary and primary schools, and explores the rationale behind these discussions as well as the selection and use of images. By seeing how VTS has been applied in a variety of schools, participants gain insight into students’ learning outcomes, and what teachers value about the process. 

13 April 2018 (Friday)


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

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

English with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation

Target Participants:
Primary and secondary visual arts teachers; teachers of liberal studies or other subjects who find it potentially useful are also welcome to join.

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


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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 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 (VTS), was published by Harvard Education Press in October 2013. Another book on VTS for preschools is forthcoming in March 2018.