Visual thinking strategies in the early years

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Claire Greensit – Visual Thinking Strategy for Early Years

Case study of a VTS session with children from a Montessori Nursery at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery.

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Visual thinking strategies in the early years

  1. 1. Visual Thinking Strategies in the Early Years<br />Claire Greensit BA(Hons) QTS EYPS <br />Honeybeez Childcare<br />
  2. 2. I was intrigued by the research of Whitescar and Cossentina published in the June 2011 edition of Montessori International.<br />It showed how a Montessori teacher had applied the Visual Thinking Strategies principles and materials to her Early years Group – (YR)<br />I was interested to see if this could be applied to younger children to engage them with art and artefacts. <br />The Starting Point: <br />
  3. 3. Developed by Jacqueline Cossentino and Keith Whitescarver in Boston USA.<br />It asks children to engage with works of art by asking a series of key questions which progressively encourage the child to think carefully about the content of an image or work of art. <br />It is not about the history of the picture or the artist – this can be looked at, at a later stage – if the child shows an interest in this. <br />What is Visual Thinking Strategies?<br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>In conjunction with the museum service we looked at the range of images available and chose those most suitable.
  5. 5. I developed a sequence of questions for each image. </li></ul>How we apply it as a setting: <br />
  6. 6. What can you see?<br />What is happening in this picture?<br />What makes you think that?<br />Who is that person?<br />What clues are there that make you think that?<br />The questions:<br />
  7. 7. Suitable images: <br />Any image that offers scope for exploring the story within is useful.<br />Avoid pictures with too much going on with younger children – as children need to clearly recognise what they are focussing on. <br />Woman with Parasol: Renoir<br />
  8. 8. What can you see in this picture?<br />What is happening?<br />Who do you think the lady is?<br />What makes you think that? <br />The Bath: Cassatt: An example<br />
  9. 9. Our visit: South Shields Museum and Gallery 14.7.11<br />
  10. 10. References: Whitescarver, K., Cossentin, J., (2011) “What do you see that makes you say that: Visual Thinking Strategies in Montessori Environments”, Montessori International April – June 2011. <br />

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