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Lesson Plans

Re: VTS -Reply

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Wendy SAMPLE (
Mon, 17 May 1999 14:51:11 -0400

I'm an art resource teacher for a district in Michigan with 35 art
teachers. All of our art teachers, several elementary classroom
teachers and several high school English Humanities teachers have
been trained in Visual Thinking Strategies. It is an amazing process
that engages kids (and adults) in a narrative work of art. It is not
intended to replace discussions about formal art principles. It is a
different way of looking and allowing kids to feel comfortable with
their ideas about a piece....right or wrong. The group of viewers
directs the discussion and actually listen to each other. Based on
the group discussion, the students are able to discover the story
behind the work of art. I've had 2nd graders carry on a 15 minute
discussion about Watson and the Shark using the 3 questions in this
process. 1. What is happening in this painting? 2. What do you see
that makes you say that? and 3. What more can you find? More
sophisticated humanities students bring in the principles and
elements of art. Kids who never speak in class join in the
discussion. We have found it to be a very successful tool especially
with at risk kids. Three of us are going to a training session in
L.A. in June. The Detroit Institute of Arts has their docents using
this process to engage kids in looking and talking about art instead
of being "talked to" about art. Can't say enough great things about
this research based process!