Course: Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

This intensive 2-day course, led by Janneke van Leeuwen, covers the theory and practice of developing VTS group conversations with visual works of art or complex imagery.

VTS is a methodology for facilitating a group discussion around single photographs or artworks. This session is particularly for educators, but will also be of use to artists and others interested in developing their own critical thinking, visual literacy and collaborative communication skills.

The course is taught through lectures (40% information/theory related to psychological theories and studies behind the VTS method) and practice (60% practical sessions as a group). Using a selection of images in the studio and exhibition spaces, participants take turns applying the VTS methodology with the rest of the group.

By taking part, participants will:

  • develop practical skills in the basic techniques of facilitating group conversations on visual artworks and complex images with the VTS method;
  • gain knowledge of the theoretical and research framework behind the VTS method;
  • learn more about the relationship between visual imagination and the social brain.

Each participant will also receive a VTS course completion certificate and an e-book of Shaping Open Minds.

Janneke van Leeuwen is an artist and neuropsychologist currently undertaking research for a PhD with University College London’s Institute of Neurology. She is Founder of the Thinking Eye, dedicated to understanding links between the human brain and our visual world. Janneke is a qualified VTS facilitator and coach for individuals and teams.

Accredited?: Yes

Booking info

Places limited. £300/£280 Members & concessions


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The Photographers’ Gallery
16 – 18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW

This event is open to the public.