This video goes a step beyond explaining Visual Thinking Strategies and actually shows how it plays out. It gives a bit of background on VTS and shows you the basics. This is so helpful if you’re looking for a new way to use questioning (as a critical thinking tool) in connection with art viewing.
Talking about art doesn’t always mean that students need to sit down in a gallery and look at famous works of art. They can also talk about what they are making. I love how this video presents an inquiry-based (questioning) strategy for talking about art – this time the student’s own work!
The best part of this piece, for me, was the way in which it’s broken down. It includes specific questions organized by what the student is doing (such as describing or interpreting). This is so helpful when it comes to knowing which question to ask, when.
I found the specific follow-up questions to be helpful in this piece. Not only do you get tips, but this page provides plenty of ways to keep the questioning going – helping your students to delve deeper into their own thoughts.
Not sure where to start with your art-viewing questioning? This post takes the cake when it comes to a comprehensive list. There’s so much to choose from, making it beyond helpful for any teacher who is looking to get students thinking through inquiry art ‘looking’ experiences.
Having used this method for years, I found the research behind it tremendously helpful in understanding why and how to use questioning techniques for art-viewing explorations. Even if you don’t use this particular theory, the ideas behind it can help you to incorporate art-viewing (and questioning) into your classroom curriculum.