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November 21, 2019

Beach Museum of Art educators present on Visual Thinking Strategies

Submitted by Jui Mhatre

The Beach Museum of Art Education Department has shared its work at several conferences this fall.

Kathrine Walker Schlageck, associate curator of education, presented a paper titled "The Benefits of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) for Special Audiences" at the International Visual Literacy Association Conference in Leuven, Belgium on Oct. 18. The talk covered the museum's work with children on the autism spectrum, memory support and English language learners and the use of Visual Thinking Strategies for facilitating discussions about difficult issues.

Schlageck and Kim Richards, education specialist, presented "The Art of Sustainability" at the Kansas Museums Association's 50th annual meeting in Lindsborg on Nov. 8, highlighting several exhibitions and programs that addressed environmental issues and sustainable practices.

In addition, Schlageck and Richards spent two days in October training docents at the Wichita Art Museum and the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University in Visual Thinking Strategies.

Visual Thinking Strategies is an open-ended facilitated discussion using works of art to develop evidence-based reasoning, critical thinking and communication skills.