Join VTS Trainers and Community Members from around the globe for FREE weekly VTS image discussions on Wednesdays at VTS Look Club Online! Register through the Events tab below. To find out more about Remote Learning with VTS and to peek at one of the images we will discuss at Look Club, check out the Image of the Week.


We provide a series of professional development workshops for educators to learn the VTS method with the support of peers. By facilitating real discussions and reflecting on their practice, guided by VTS coaches, educators learn how to create supportive learning environments that are open and accepting, encourage risk-taking, and elicit multiple perspectives. Participants increase their ability to hear, value, and assess student thought and expression.

Since 2020, VTS programming has moved online, enabling greater access to training, events, and communities of practice.  At this time, in-person VTS training is available through private consulting.  Please read more below, or contact us at


Visual Thinking Strategies offers education and support in facilitation, coaching, training, aesthetic development, and image selection. Whether you're new to facilitation or a seasoned practitioner, VTS offers professional development to support growth in all aspects of VTS methodology.

  • VTS Beginner Practicum

    VTS Beginner Practicum

    •Understand the environment of learner-centered facilitation
    •Learn the elements of the Visual Thinking Strategies method
    •Begin facilitating and reflecting on VTS image discussions
    •VTS Beginner Practicum is offered online 12 times/year

  • VTS Advanced Practicum

    VTS Advanced Practicum

    •Practice advanced facilitation techniques
    •Identify how facilitation choices support & impact the discussion
    •Understand the influence of several key theorists on the method and stance of VTS
    •Consider the ways facilitation might shift with a non-art “image”
    •Identify some tools to re-frame comments rooted in bias and assumption
    •VTS Advanced Practicum is offered online 4 times/year

  • VTS Coaching Workshop I & II

    VTS Coaching Workshop I & II

    •Deepen understanding of VTS coaching methodology
    •Develop skills for 1-on-1 and group coaching
    •Practice, reflect on and refine coaching skills
    •VTS Coaching Workshop I is offered online 3 times/year
    •VTS Coaching Workshop II is offered online 2 times/year

  • VTS Image Selection Workshop

    VTS Image Selection Workshop

    •Learn criteria for selecting images for VTS discussions for any subject area
    •Practice developmentally appropriate image selection specific to your context
    •Sharpen learner-centered facilitation and program design skills
    •Understand how VTS can broadly support teaching/learning
    •VTS Image Selection Workshop is offered online 2 times/year

  • VTS Aesthetic Thinking Workshop

    VTS Aesthetic Thinking Workshop

    •Understand an overview of the research that led to cognitive psychologist and VTS co-founder Abigail Housen's stage model of aesthetic development and to the creation of VTS
    •Examine aesthetic thinking and consider how its development can inform education practice
    •VTS Aesthetic Thinking Workshop is offered online 2 times/year

  • VTS in Science Workshop

    VTS in Science Workshop

    •Apply VTS facilitation skills to non-art objects and inquiry-based contexts
    •Sharpen learner-centered facilitation and program design skills
    •Understand how VTS can support teaching/learning broadly
    •VTS in Science Workshop is offered online based on availability

Other Services

VTS offers a variety of programs and services that can be tailored to meet the objectives of your group or institution. If you would like to bring VTS trainers to your site (in-person or virtually), have specific questions about developing a customized training for your institution, or have some goals in mind and wonder how VTS might help you achieve them, please contact us.

  • VTS Look Club Online

    VTS Look Club Online

    VTS Look Club Online is an experimental, free, weekly, one-hour program, for anyone to join via Zoom.  VTS Look Club Online is an opportunity to come together as a community, to practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

    Join VTS Trainers and practicing Community Member Facilitators for two discussions highlighting images from the VTS image curriculum and Trainer-selected modern and contemporary art.

    Several months per year, join us for VTS Look Club Online Residencies, in which VTS trained Educators from museums and cultural institutions around the world share their facilitation and collection with the VTS Community in this monthlong "virtual field trip".  Since 2020, VTS Look Club Residencies have been led by:

    VTS Look Club Online takes place on Wednesdays with a rotating start time each month to accommodate global time zones.  Please visit the Events page to register for this free program.

  • Consulting


    VTS offers consulting services tailored to the objectives of museums, universities, schools, not for profit organizations and corporate institutions. Consulting services include staff workshops, image selection support, team building experiences, curriculum and program development, and coaching support.

    Several clients include:

    • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec
    • Cisco Systems, San Jose, California
    • Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky
    • Kyoto University, Japan
    • Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain
    • Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York City
    • National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
    • Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Reade Rehabilitation Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian
    • University of Auckland Medical School, New Zealand
    • U.S. National Park Service: Weir Farm National Historic Site
  • School Programs

    School Programs

    VTS school programs are multi-year professional development relationships between classrooms, schools, and districts.  Our model includes a mix of full-staff trainings, grade-level or content-area group debriefings, and classroom co-teaching sessions each year. Both our professional development training programs and image curriculum are sequential and developmentally based to reflect student and teacher growth in critical thinking, language and art-viewing skills over time.

    To inquire about implementing VTS at your school, please contact us.

  • Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagements

    Our staff of experienced Trainers have been teaching and learning with VTS for many years all over the United States and internationally. To arrange a speaking engagement, keynote, or introductory presentation with a VTS Trainer, please contact us.