What do you see in this picture?
With this one question and a carefully chosen work of art, teacher of Art and Design at Gippsland Grammar, Ms Nadine Lineham, opens the door towards deeper learning.
Ms Lineham was one of six educators in Victoria that was awarded a fully funded Scholarship by Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) to train in the unique Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) methodology, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, USA.
Visual thinking Strategies (VTS) is a powerful teaching method that uses the discussion generated by viewing artwork to support the development of literacy and analytical thinking skills among students of all ages. The program was developed in the United States of America by cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and former education director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Philp Yenawine.
Ms Lineham, Head of Arts and Technology at the Gippsland Grammar Garnsey Campus travelled to Boston during September and said “It is essential that education creates an independent learner and uses critical thinking to make sense and meaning of what one experiences in life. With what the eye sees and the brilliance of the brain to process auditory and verbal skills that are used in VTS is ground breaking”. The experience that I have had validates all I do as a practicing artist and as an Art and Design educator and I look forward to seeing how visual thinking evolves at our school.
Ms Lineham will continue her education online and select classes will take part in VTS sessions. In 2019 she will run workshops at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct for the Arts Learning Festival.