Founded in 1995 as a result of a collaboration between Philip Yenawine, former director of education at the Museum of Modern Art, and Abigail Housen, a psychologist and aesthetics researcher, Visual Understanding in Education (VUE) conducts developmentally based educational research and disseminates its findings. Its mission is to foster cognitive growth through interaction with art images, though specially designed programs for schools and museums.
VUE offers a student-centered curriculum—the Visual
Thinking Strategies (VTS)—to help develop aesthetic and critical thinking skills. Its multi-year curriculum consists of lesson plans, sequenced images
and a Web site with training materials and exercises. VUE provides training
programs for schoolteachers, some of which are designed to enable them to
teach their peers. It publishes materials to support these trainings,
including theoretical and practical guides.