THE VISUAL SERIES OF COURSES

The V Series helps you to develop your imagination and visual literacy skills
"Learn how to see, realise everything connects with everything else" Leonardo da Vinci

Thinking in pictures triggers more centres throughout our brain and makes more connections across our brain than thinking in words alone.

visual thinking

Thoughts and ideas need to be externalised in order to create the neural pathways necessary for innovative, imaginative minds. When we talk and think in words we generate ideas that are sequential and linear. 

When we draw our ideas and think in pictures, we generate ideas that are non-sequential, place-based and connected in multiple ways. This is critical for the imagination.

Visual Capabilities Include
  • Seeing, Looking, Observing, Watching
  • Inner Vision (insight, foresight, hindsight, oversight)
  • Imagination (using the mind’s eye)
  • Externalising ideas as graphs, maps, data visualisation
  • Visual Mapping (connecting ideas spatially)
  • Visualisation (internal & external)
  • Presentation Skills (visual storytelling)
  • Innovating (seeing possibilities)
  • Engaging with VR, AR & 3D and other visual digital technologies
  • Meditation (observing the self)
  • Comprehension (processing what we see)
  • Decoding (communication)
  • Appreciating or making visual art and/or visual communication

What and where is imagination?

This course shows teachers how the visual system works in conjunction with imagination and the formation of new ideas. It forms a solid platform to explore other modalities of creative thinking, by starting at the beginning and looking at the brain.

What blocks imagination?

To be imaginative we need to see things in new ways. This is a visual process via visualisation (minds-eye) and related capabilities. This course illustrates the predictable blocks that inhibit imagination in order to move past them. This program plants the seeds for Critical Thinking.
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How to get visual / spatial

Visual note-taking/mapping is the most efficient way to encode information. Thinking in pictures and drawing relationships fuses knowledge and understanding. Vision is our dominant sense and we constantly create visual images in the brain that strengthen imagination skills.

THIS COURSE IS IN POST PRODUCTION
ETA - AUGUST 2021

Creativity in Practice

This course is an innovative approach to learning about creativity, how to expand thoughts and ultimately how to move from imagination into creativity in order to see new possibilities. This program is about putting ideas into practice to achieve re-imagined outcomes.

THIS COURSE IS POST PRODUCTION
ETA - OCTOBER 2021

Visual thinking for students

This course guides students through the process of designing their own path, their outcomes and objectives related to the successful completion of their Secondary Senior Years Certificates. The course is targeted to students in Years 10, 11 or HSC. It is a creative, visual and spatial response to creative and critical thinking.

THIS COURSE IS POST PRODUCTION
ETA - AUGUST 2021

Indigenous Skills Transfer

Aboriginal pedagogy is an effective method of teaching significant concepts such as storytelling, metaphor and symbolism. This program gives primary teachers the pedagogy and resources they need to be successful in the classroom with the 4 C’s: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration. Wurung means “young one” in Dhungutti Language so V6 is a “storybook for young ones”.
THIS COURSE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Aboriginal Pedagogy

This program is designed to give pre-school teachers the pedagogy and resources they need to be successful in the classroom with cross-cultural language, communication and comprehension skills. This program also provides for visual, spatial and sensory development. Buthi means “little” in Dhungutti language so V7 is a “little storybook” for little people.
THIS COURSE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Mindful Visual Art Project

The Lily & the Billabong is a personal journey, a deep dive to the depth of your imagination. Via visual art, visualisation and mindfulness, participants are invited to explore themselves.
The program helps imagineers' reach the flow state while developing an understanding of "unfocused attention" so that it can be achieved more often. Consider this program adult "PLAY". Learning through PLAY
provides opportunities discover, create, improvise and this strengthen our capacity to imagine. This program is for anyone, in any field or area seeking to develop more critical and creative thinking foundations.

A program for visual, spoken and written text.

The Peach Program, is a professional development short-course for teachers that uses practical and engaging classroom activities utilising visual learning. The program is designed to be an intrinsic motivator for interpretive skill building in figurative language.

THIS COURSE IS POST PRODUCTION
ETA - MAY 2021

Benefits of Visual Skills Include:

  1. Improved capacity to develop powerful concepts and solutions (innovate)
  2. Improves visual representation & comprehension (PowerPoint, charts, graphs, data visualisation etc.)
  3. Enhances ability to think simplistically
  4. Self-expression and ordering of ideas
  5. Reaching the disengaged
  6. Attention grabbing, helps memory retention and therefore learning
  7. Helping participants associate images with words or concepts.
  8. Teaches participants how to build the neural pathways required for expanded thinking
  9. Prepares participants for innovative environments where they can thrive
  10. Learning to see new possibilities
  11. Ability to make new associations (re-imagine)
  12. Better problem solving
  13. Personal strategies for dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity
  14. Demonstrated longer concentration span
  15. Learning to listen to others without an intent to reply or be right
  16. Strengthened focus
  17. Enhanced observational skills
  18. Improved verbal skills

What our learners say 

So interesting - it gave me an insight into the deeper workings of the brain which has helped me to understand my students better”
“I have attempted to change my focus towards the value of students’ ideas and responses before approaching the standard content and themes”
Course provided strategies to challenge student thinking and develop critical thinking skills. Will help with the development of programs”
New South Wales Principals and Head Teachers can log onto NESA and read the reviews as well as look out our outstanding learning outcomes. Research our pedagogical strategies and see for yourself.