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A new way to think about art

Students learn a new way to think about art.

Ginger Ertz, the Educational Outreach Coordinator from The Tang Museum at Skidmore College teaches Slingerlands students about Visual Thinking Strategies on a recent visit to the school.

Students in Mrs. Sieme’s 5th grade art classes at Slingerlands recently had a visitor teach them about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and language skills through discussions of visual images.

Ginger Ertz, the Educational Outreach Coordinator from The Tang Museum at Skidmore College introduced them to the VTS to talk about art.

Visual Thinking StrategiesMs. Ertz presented the students with two very different works of art that were on exhibit as part of the Hudson River show at The Tang. She chose these selections based upon her understanding that the students would already have had some background knowledge about the underlying topic pertaining to the history of the Hudson River from having studied it as part of the 4th grade Social Studies curriculum. The students were engaged in a lively and thorough discussion about the two pieces and quickly became familiar with the process of applying Visual Thinking Strategies when examining art.

Ms. Ertz then presented a third piece of artwork that was in great contrast to the Hudson River selections and it was clear that the students were able to apply the strategies they had just learned to this uniquely unfamiliar piece.

The Tang Teaching Museum’s mission is to enrich education through the arts. Mrs. Sieme said she and her students look forward to a continued partnership with The Tang.

For information on The Tang, visit http://tang.skidmore.edu/.

To read more about VTS, visit www.vtshome.org/.