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VTS / Listening for Milestones in Aesthetic Development (MAY 2023)

Class time: 9:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time

  • Wednesday, May 3
  • Friday, May 5
  • Wednesday, May 10
  • Friday, May 12

An extension of the Aesthetic Thought Mini-Workshop that was offered during the 2021VTS Online Summer Series, this VTS workshop: "VTS / Listening for Milestones in Aesthetic Development (MAY 2023)" is a closer look at viewer comments and their connection to Aesthetic Development.

VTS is based on decades of research by Dr. Abigail Housen into the way people look at and think about works of art. Housen's stages lay out literally hundreds of specific ways we make sense of artworks, and the patterned ways those grow out of each other, and change. With time to slow down, this 8-hour workshop will guide participants to appreciate the thinking present in each comment.

As a group, we will consider the thinking behind specific comments, dive into some areas of aesthetic development that are relevant and challenging, and practice how we can use this in facilitating VTS discussions. Opportunities to examine viewer comments (from young people and adults) through Housen’s lens, will illuminate shifts in aesthetic thinking and attune your perception to the exciting work of cognitive growth - it is a delightful, messy, surprising, and steady path.

This workshop will be led by Amy Chase Gulden, VTS Trainer, and Tara Geer, Housen’s daughter, who is engaged in continued research around the significance of aesthetic thought and its role in general cognitive development.

Workshop Expectations

  • This workshop is designed for practitioners who have completed VTS Beginner Practicum or beyond.
  • This workshop will not focus on facilitation practice and coaching.
  • This is an online workshop. We will be utilizing digital platforms such as Zoom and Google.
  • Information for accessing the course materials will be emailed to participants before the start of the course. Participants must be able to attend all meetings to complete this workshop. In addition to class meetings, participants should plan to complete brief assignments/reflections between each class.
  • Closed Captioning available.
  • This workshop will be conducted in English.

VTS Program Notes

  • This course is scheduled in Pacific time zone. Please check your personal time zone alignment before registering.
  • *Course must have a minimum of 10 enrolled in order to run.*


In Summer 2021, VTS explored the use of a sliding scale as an experiment in equitable pricing. Starting in July 2022, all VTS programs will utilize a sliding scale for registration. We are confident that those who join us are committed to being part of a thoughtful community that is diverse, committed to collective learning, and interested in finding new ways of supporting each other. We have been inspired to use this pricing strategy by Embracing an Equity Sliding Scale.  

Please use the guide below to self-select your registration fee for this program.

TIER 1 PRICE: $320

Consider investing in the TIER 1 price if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents
  • have significant debt
  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • are eligible for public assistance
  • have immigration-related expenses
  • are an elder with limited financial support
  • are an unpaid community organizer
  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history
  • experience discrimination in hiring or pay level
  • are descended from enslaved people or Native American Indians

TIER 2 PRICE: $356

Consider investing in the TIER 2 price if you:

  • are single and/or without dependents
  • are able to repay your student loans, are in repayment or have paid off your student loans
  • have daily reliable transportation
  • are able to miss work either for sickness or leisure, and are still able to pay next month’s bills
  • travel when needed for an unexpected occasion like a family funeral or emergency

TIER 3 PRICE: $396

Consider investing in the TIER 3 price, if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • have investments, retirement accounts or inherited money
  • travel for recreation
  • have access to family money and resources in times of need
  • work part-time or are unemployed by choice, including unemployment due to full-time school in a degree-earning program
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.)
  • are registering with funds from your work at/with an institution (museum, school, university, etc.)

Questions? Please contact Em Miller, VTS Trainer & Operations Manager at


9 - 11am


Virtual Event via Zoom