the looking club

The Looking Club: Visual thinking strategies in the classroom

A special event!

Visual Artist and Educator Kathryn Maguire will deliver three sessions of The Looking Club throughout the month of December for Mother Tongues.
The Looking Club is a fun participatory evening of Visual Thinking Strategies that entails actively looking and talking about art that can be used in the classroom. Each Looking Club is a stand-alone session and can be attended on its own. Pick your date (1st December, 8th December, 15th December) and get your ticket here. In order to keep the session participatory, there is a limited capacity of 15 places.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a research-based teaching methodology based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine that supports learner-centred thinking and feeling when looking at art objects. VTS is a teaching method designed to enable learners to develop aesthetic and language literacy and critical thinking skills.
In the VTS session, we will look at three images and I will ask three specific and open-ended questions:
What’s going on in this picture?
What do you see that makes you say that?
What more can we find?
The images used are from an International image bank that has been specifically chosen for VTS.

Here is an interview with Kathryn Maguire by Liz Coman, Assistant Arts Officer from Dublin City Council.


The event is finished.


01 Dec 2021


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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  • Kathryn Maguire
    Kathryn Maguire
    Artist and Curator

    Kathryn Maguire is an artist, educator and curator based in Dublin. She is a certified Visual Thinking Strategies facilitator with VTS/USA and has completed training to coaching level. She also holds a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from CCAD and MA in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD. Her practice engages text, sculpture, video, installation; making diverse cultural references linking past with contemporary; seeking to highlight potentiality in historic moments. Increasingly, her work engages processes of making, informed by her earlier training as a jewellery maker and sculptor.