June 15 & 16, 2000
K-Life Virtual Partners Workshop: Introduction to the Visual
Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).
This workshop focused on strategies for integrating art into
regular classroom instruction. Two graduate credit hours were
available as well as CRUs for teacher re-licensing. No workshop
fees were charged. Teachers who wrote an instructional
plan according to workshop criteria were paid $100.
Introduction to the Visual Thinking Strategies
The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a teaching model for
students and teachers, founded on the premise that finding meaning
in works of visual art involves a rich range of thinking skills.
The VTS encourages:
Workshop participants learned about, interacted with, and reflected
on the strategies and developed ways to use them with their
"One of the things I find most interesting about VTS is
how the skills learned can be applied to other areas of the
learner's life, whether it is language arts or conflict resolution."
- Troy Smythe, Manager of Teacher and School Programs, IMA