Student Programs
Thinking Through Art

Connect art and critical thinking in the classroom.

The museum partners with Title I elementary and secondary schools in the Kansas City area to provide year-long, classroom-based lessons.

Museum staff and volunteers facilitate conversations about works of art using Visual Thinking Strategies, a research-based method. Through discussions and writing activities, students develop visual literacy and practice critical thinking skills.

VTS supports language acquisition for all students, and teaches the tenets of respectful conversation. Partnering classroom teachers also receive training and continual coaching in the VTS method. Students take two class trips to the museum during the school year.

Interested in bringing Thinking Through Art to your classroom or school? Contact Louisa Hartigan, lhartigan@nelson-atkins.org.