Artful Thinking helps teachers use works of visual art and music in ways that strengthen student thinking and learning in the arts and beyond. The goals of this program are to help teachers create connections between works of art and the curriculum, and to help teachers use art as a force for developing students’ thinking dispositions. Using the artist's palette as a central metaphor, the Artful Thinking "palette" is comprised of six thinking dispositions which strengthen students' intellectual behaviors. These dispositions are developed through Thinking Routines, which are easy to learn and can deepen students' thinking in the classroom.

Artful Thinking Palette



Patricia PalmerPatricia Palmer worked as a researcher and project manager on Innovating with Intelligence, the project that launched the Visible Thinking approach to developing thinking dispositions. With Shari Tishman she is the co-developer of Artful Thinking, a program that integrates arts into the curriculum in order to strengthen student thinking and learning. The program is part of the Visible Thinking initiative at Project Zero – a research-based approach to teaching thinking that links an international network of schools and other learning organizations.
Patricia managed the project that produced the study, The Qualities of Quality: Excellence in Arts Education and How to Achieve It.  She was a researcher on Teaching in the Visual Arts (Studio Thinking Project) study and the Museum of Modern Art’s Visual Thinking Curriculum Project.  She assisted on the Art Works for Schools Curriculum.
Patricia is a visual artist and previously taught in New York City independent and public schools.  She received her Ed.M. from the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She is currently the Director of Art Education at Montserrat College of Art.

Funding & Quick Facts

Active Dates: 2004-2006
Funders: Traverse City, Michigan Area Public Schools, US Department of Education