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Ballard students learn Visual Thinking Strategies at Skidmore museum

November 25, 2014

Ballard students at The Tang MuseumIn October, Ballard students in grades 1-5 had the opportunity to visit The Tang Museum at Skidmore College to view the art and learn a new thinking strategy to apply to artwork.

Students toured the exhibits and learned Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a method of critical thinking that is initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions, according to the website,

“The questions and relationships built by using this strategy are easily transferable when engaging with school curriculum,” said Ballard Elementary School Principal Michael Huchro. “This close examination of a math problem, piece of text, development of a character, event in history, or scientific concept is deeply connected to the Common Core and puts students in the driver’s seat empowering them to infer, create a perspective that they own, and justify their position using evidence.”

Ballard students at The Tang MuseumAfter students toured the art at the museum, they had the opportunity to create their own works of art. Then, they had the chance to participate in a “gallery walk,” viewing the artwork of their peers and applying VTS to the artwork.

Questions that students consider using VTS prompts include, “What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? Can you find anything more?”

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