VTS is an art-based dialogue method that increases:
literacy (observation skills),
2. critical thinking (discovering multiple points of view) and
3. empathic connection (communicating difference and identity).
This training is for facilitators (beginners, intermediate and experienced) and consists of hands-on practice as well as theory.
See schedule below for more details on the training program.
More about Visual Thinking Strategies: https://vtshome.org.
The VTS method is useful for people who work with people: teachers, therapist, mediators, caregivers, activists, researchers,
artists… to help establish flexible social, cognitive and creative connections, with oneself, with others and with the world.
This training coincides with a plein-air for painters at the Kintai Arts Residence, and the idea is to collaborate closely with these artists on site. The town of Kintai is uniquely situated on the Neringa lagoon and artists are invited here to explore their connection with nature and to relate their creativity to the fauna and flora from the region.This residence/training aims to establish a dialogue between the artists and facilitators and to support creative thought processes between them.
About Karen Vanhercke:
The trainer is: Karen Vanhercke. She has a background in Art History and has been working as an art educator for over 30 years. She started as a visual resources manager in the Art department at the University of California in Davis, where she edited learning content for Art History faculty and collaborated closely with the Studio Artists of the MFA program. Later she became an educational researcher in the Art and History museum in Brussels, where she piloted and developed several innovative educational programs for culturally diverse audiences. Most recently she worked as a curator at MO Museum in Vilnius Lithuania, where she started the first VTS training program for museum educators and staged a children’s exhibition (Lake full of Stars) centred around experiential learning. She is the founder of easel.world where she currently offers VTS training courses and educational programs based on the discussion of single artworks. Karen has trained numerous educators in different countries, from the Art & History Museum (Brussels), the National Gallery of Art (Vilnius), The FoMu (Antwerpen), The Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius), to MO Museum (Vilnius). Her weekly online art-based dialogues are ongoing since 2020 and are attended by people from all over the world. Currently she teaches at the Waldorf Green School in Vilnius where she uses VTS as a method to engage with beginning English students in active dialogue.
More about Art-based Dialogue: www.easel.world
*The price is for 1 person for 10 days and includes: daily workshops + 3 meals per day + accommodation
200€ + 160€ + 160€ (1 bed in a shared room with 4 beds) = 520€
200€ + 160€ + 200€ (1 bed in a shared room with 3 beds) = 560€
200€ + 160€ + 250€ (1 bed in a shared room with 2 beds) = 610€
- Saturday, June 10th: arrival - lunch 12 pm - welcome huddle 2 - 4 pm
- Sunday, June 11th: “who is who: forming the learning community”
- Monday, June 12th: VTS 1 - “Art, language and perception”
- Tuesday, June 13th: VTS 2 - “The theory behind visual thinking”
- Wednesday, June 14th: VTS 3 - “Paraphrasing and active listening”
- Thursday, June 15th: VTS 4 - “Abigail Housen on aesthetic development”
- Friday, June 16th: VTS 5 - “Self awareness and Creative choice” + Exhibition opening!
- Saturday, June 17th: VTS 6 - “Dialogue with community”
- Sunday, June 18th: Nida (optional & self organised)
- Monday, June 19th: VTS 7 - “Dialogue with students”
- Tuesday, June 20th: departure - breakfast 9 am
8-9 am: breakfast
10-11:30 am: art-based dialogue* (Monday - Friday).
*We start every day with a joint session with artists and facilitators, to explore a mutual understanding around art and nature. The discussions can centre around an artwork from the Kintai arts collection, the local museum or fresh from the easel (courtesy of the artists in residence to share their work in progress).
12 -1 pm: lunch
* meals are served in the “barn” and shared with other guests from different residence programs - meet many interesting people here!
2-4 pm: facilitator training (Monday - Friday)
* please attend all the sessions as this training is hands-on and the more people participate, the more interesting the discussions!
6-8 pm: dinner
All the activities of the training will be presented in English
Sign up for the Kintai - VTS Facilitator training - 2023
Karen Vanhercke: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kintai Arts email: email@example.com