Thinking Through Art



Come and join this workshop to discover how Docent-led conversations about art with students in the classroom support language acquisition, teach respectful conversation, and encourage multiple points of view. Using Visual Thinking Strategies and writing activities that reinforce evidence-based thinking, students learn how to translate these skills to other life and classroom experiences. The Thinking Through Art program is currently used with elementary and middle school students but may be used with older audiences. During this workshop you will participate in gallery VTS conversation to see classroom activities in action and discuss program techniques and strategies with Nelson-Atkins Docents.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has had a successful collaboration with local Title 1 Schools in the Kansas City area for the last 8 years. The unexpected outcome of the program has been witnessing how children and adults gain respect for each other’s ideas by listening and holding the space for differences. All this has been possible with the Thinking Through Art Program.

Bus transportation is provided to and from the hotel.


Host Institution: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is known for its encyclopedic collection of art from nearly every continent and culture, and especially for its extensive collection of Asian art. The museum provides free access to everyone to enjoy and contemplate artistic creations from 5,000 years ago to present day. In 2007, Time magazine ranked the museum's Bloch Building number one on its list of "The 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels" which considered candidates from around the globe.

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

The District Family Night education event on April 7, 2016 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. Photographer / Don Ipock

Thinking Through Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

The Thinking Through Art program at Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission School District on March 7, 2017. Photographer / Tiffany Matson Photo

Thinking Through Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

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