What Is Art For? With Philip Yenawine

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

What Is Art For? With Philip Yenawine

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 6 p.m.

Book cover: Visual Thinking Strategies: Using art to deepen learning across school disciplinesThis presentation from veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine will branch from the philosophical (what is art for?) to the practical (how to create empowered viewers and effective thinkers). An interactive Visual Thinking Strategies demonstration will illuminate both topics. Questions will be welcomed.  All are invited to discover the value of this approach to images that is particularly timely in an age where children are expected to justify their thinking with evidence and all of us can use tips on searching for message and meaning in an image-laden world.
When Yenawine was Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, he was frustrated to discover that visitors learned little from the tours and presentations offered by his talented staff. He worked with cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen to create a new and effective means of engaging people with images. The result, after much research, was Visual Thinking Strategies, a method that uses particular questions and techniques to facilitate close observation, critical thinking, and a wide range of communication skills. It is being used in schools, libraries, and museums, here and abroad.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Politics & Prose. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Dream Lab, Digital Commons (1st Floor), Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library