Visual Thinking Strategies Course at the Photographers' Gallery London 22/23 June 2019

This intensive 2-day course, lead 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.

Places limited.

£300/£280 Members & concessions

Out Now: Shaping Open Minds, 2nd Edition (2018)

Written for a broad audience and accompanied by striking drawings, Shaping Open Minds explores how the arts-based learning method Visual Thinking Strategies engages the social brain networks, facilitating complex meaning making and creative thought processes. Available as Magazine ($15 + shipping) and e-Book ($10).

Wellcome Trust Hub Residency 2016-2018

The Thinking Eye's Founder Janneke van Leeuwen is part of the Created Out of Mind consortium that will take up the next prestigious 2-years Wellcome Trust Hub residency at the Wellcome Collection, between October 2016-2018. Bringing together a rich network including scientists, artists, clinicians, public health experts and broadcasters, the group has been awarded £1 million to examine and challenge perceptions of dementia through scientific and creative experimentation.