VTS Lessons on MFA for Educators

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has developed a series of lessons on MFA for Educators with images that are appropriate for teachers to use with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and language skills through facilitated discussions about works of art. The lessons include a full nine-lesson image set, designed for use in the third grade classroom, as well as individual lessons connected by a particular theme. Each lesson includes downloadable PowerPoint presentations that teachers can use in the classroom.

VTS: MFA Image Set

VTS: Urbanization and Industrialization in Art

VTS: Depictions of Boston in Art

VTS: Immigration to the US in the 19th and 20th century in Art

VTS: American Revolution in Art

VTS: Creating an American Identity through Art in the 19th and 20th century

VTS: Comparing Landscapes in Art: Urban and Rural

VTS: Depictions of Labor through Time in Art

VTS: Depictions of Leisure through Time in Art

VTS: General collection of VTS images from the MFA’s collection


Other Resources

The Learning Network Blog from the New York Times

Using the VTS methodology, this online platform focuses on Times photojournalism, visual literacy and critical thinking by asking viewers to think about one interesting photograph a week.

Visual Thinking Strategies

The website for the national organization dedicated to this methodology, including links to articles, videos, and information on upcoming trainings.