VISUAL THINKING STUDIOS

Press

National News

October 2008
Edutopia.org
"The Eyes Have It: Potent Visuals Promote Academic Richness"
Fran Smith writes about VTS for The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

October 2011
Academic Medicine
Art Rounds: Teaching Interprofessional Students Visual Thinking Strategies at One School

October 4, 2011
The Huffington Post
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Value of Water

January 12, 2011
ArtDaily.org
Everson Museum Launches Interactive Component

February 13, 2010
EducationNews.org

Rethinking our educational system, and the strengths of VTS.

February 2, 2010
The School Library Journal
Part two on how a museum's philosophies work in a public library setting, by Wendy Lukehart.

January 2010
Chiang Mai Thailand
A short description of Philip Yenawine's work in Thailand.

January 26, 2010
The Bangkok Post
Philip Yenawine presents VTS at the Thailand Creative & Design Centre.

June 1, 2009
The Spokesman.com
"Visual interaction with art gives youngsters a boost with academic achievement"

April 1, 2009
The Addison Independent
"Lindemann's young students are actually veterans of art appreciation, thanks to an educational partnership with Middlebury College. The students are in the fourth year of the MiddArts Visual Thinking Strategies program…"

March 22, 2009
MarkBlevis.com
"Applying Visual Thinking Strategies to Media Production and Consumption"

February 2009
NECN.com
"State of Education: The Arts Advantage."
"You might be surprised how much else — besides arts — kids at the Winship School in Boston's Brighton neighborhood learn in their arts classes…."

Winter 2008
Education Libraries, Volume 31; No.2
Interview with Tamara Moats, Speaker on Visual Thinking and Use of Art Data
"…VTS develops both critical and creative thinking skills, which are essential to the learning process and applicable in all situations that involve ambiguous material…"

December 23, 2008
ArtDaily.org
"…Research suggests that museum programs based on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a specific internationally-recognized teaching method used at the MIA, can help develop children's critical thinking skills."

December 16, 2008
Design Taxi
The Brooks Brings Innovative Curriculum to Memphis City Schools
"What do Harvard Medical School and three Memphis elementary schools have in common?"

July 20, 2008
Boston Globe
"Monet? Gauguin? Using Art to Make Better Doctors"
Liz Kowalczyk writes about Harvard Medical School's program using VTS. "Katz's class is one of a growing number of art courses offered to medical students nationwide and aimed at improving their observation and diagnostic skills at a time when doctors are increasingly relying on CT scans, MRIs, biopsies, and other technology to do their work…"
Boston Globe: Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine's response by letter.

March 13, 2007
Phillip Yenawine at the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
Building a Vibrant Workforce through Arts in Education
"The work of tomorrow will require a labor force that can communicate easily, think both in and out of the box, collaborate with others, adapt to change, and solve complex problems. Phillip Yenawine addresses the question, of how to guarantee that we have workers with these and related skills."

March 13, 2007
Boston Globe
The Art of Learning, Globe Editorial
"In 2003, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum set out to understand more about what schoolchildren can learn from museums….During the study, staff members began emphasizing a tool called Visual Thinking Strategies…."

March 10, 2007
New York Times
Arts, Briefly: Adding Up Art, by Randy Kennedy
"A three-year study by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston has found that grade-school students who spend time looking at and talking about art perform better in several areas of critical thinking than students without such art experience…."

Regional News

September 9, 2012
Focus on Arts
Chattanooga Times Free Press
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January 23, 2011
Acting Out is Perfectly Acceptable in This Classroom
Napa Valley Register
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December 27, 2010 Art Used as Teaching Aid
The Advocate, by Marsha Sills
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December 8, 2010A Learning Community
VTS, The Frye Museum and Roxhill Elementary
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September 26, 2010
IndyStar.com, by Fatima Rich
A new day in search of educational excellence.
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June 24, 2010
PortWashington Patch.com
Launching the CALTA Institute
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May 15, 2010
Petaluma360.com
New program develops student learning.
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April 17, 2010Petaluma360.com
Schools develop innovative methods, despite economic struggles.
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January 31, 2010
Sonoma Country Life
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January 1, 2010
School Library Journal.com
Wendy Lukehart writes about the Eric Carle Museum's approach, using VTS: "This is the first of two columns devoted to helping children think and talk about what they observe."
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December 10, 2009
Broad Strokes, NMWA's Blog for the 21st Century
Anna Allegro writes about a VTS Practicum held at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.
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December 1, 2009
The Commercial Appeal
A short profile of the VTS program at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

October 21, 2009
Press Democract.com
Woolsey pops in at Waldo Elementary
"Woolsey Waldo Rohnert Elementary School showed off its Visual Thinking Strategies curriculum last week for the visiting Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma."

October 15, 2009
NBC Connecticut
Learning Better Through Special Attention
"….VTS (visual thinking strategies) classes are also popular with students…."

September 18, 2009
The Sonoma Valley Sun
Grounded in art education, Visual Thinking Strategies program helps create well-rounded, critically thinking students.

June 2009
WUVM 90.5 fm
The University of Miami and the Lowe Art Museum, in collaboration, provided a course on increasing diagnostic skills among medical students.

February 28, 2009
KUOW.org, 91.4 FM, Seattle
Dr. Andrea Kalus talks with KUOW's Jeremy Richards about how Visual Thinking Strategies, changed the way she looked at her patients.

December 1, 2008
The Seattle Times
"UW Uses Artwork to Help Sharpen Visual Skills of Future Doctors."
Medicine is often called a blend of art and science. But can studying Picasso and Gauguin turn budding doctors into better diagnosticians? By Kyung Song.

November 11, 2008
The Stranger
"In Art News: Seeing Eye Doctors."
The University of Washington Medical School uses VTS to improve their skills of observation.

August 14, 2008
Sonoma News
Program Instills Visual Thinking
"A newly launched program at has [students] not only studying famous pieces of artwork, but also training [them] to draw inferences and think critically, which helps students excel in other subjects.

July 2008
DayBreak – Miami Television
In this segment, Philip Yenawine discusses VTS, and the benefits of the arts in children's education.

May 9, 2007
Minnesota Public Radio
The Art of Medicine
Dr. Jon Hallberg, Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and family practice physician, argues that the humanities are essential for teaching new doctors how to best perform their craft — including using VTS with first-year medical students.

February 13, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
"Program at Elementary Schools Empowers Kids in 'Visual Thinking'"
by Kathleen Sullivan, Chronicle Staff Writer
As soon as the image appeared on the screen, three children swinging around a pole in front of a pile of rubble and a damaged building with gaping holes exposing wallpapered walls, several fifth-graders shot their hands into the air.

Local News

November 2, 2009
Petaluma360.com
Linda Postenreider writes about the "Toast for Change" event at the Mystic Theater introducing Visual Thinking Strategies, hosted by Old Adobe School District Superintendent, Diane Zimmerman.

October 30, 2008
SMU Daily Campus
Meadows Museum Offers New Student Docent Program
"We want [students] to be facilitators, we want them to be getting people to talk about art — having people look at a painting and getting something out of it visually, rather than relying on that label on the wall."

March 16, 2007
Michigan Radio Arts & Culture
Developing Cognitive Skills Through Art, by Gretchen Millich
"In some schools around Michigan, teachers are using a program called 'Visual Thinking Strategies' to help students develop their cognitive skills. Students are shown works of art and encouraged to talk about what they think the artist is trying to convey. In one Michigan community, administrators are so pleased with the success of the program at one school; they're expanding it to other schools in the district."

June 28, 2005
KERA, Public TV and Radio for North Texas
Commentary: Everyday Life Enhanced Through Art
by Joan Davidow
Looking at contemporary art makes most people feel uncomfortable; they don't have the tools to understand what they're looking at and feel intimidated and unsure; and no one likes to feel that way.

May 10, 2003
WNYC, New York Public Radio
Studio 360, "Cutting Arts Education"
Produced by Tara Geer
"Visual Thinking Strategies is an innovative method for teaching art that students and teachers love. It's designed to flourish in poorly funded schools, but it isn't immune to the cutbacks"