Teacher ProgramsWhether in the galleries or in the classroom, the Museum offers a variety of programs, workshops, resources, and classes for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. To register for Teacher Workshops and VAST, call the Museum's Ticket Center at 215-235-7469 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or stop by any Visitor Services Desk during Museum hours, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. There is a service charge of $3.50 ($2.50 for Museum members). There is no service charge for tickets purchased at the Museum. Standards Alignment for Teacher Workshops >>
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
What does it mean to be modern? What does it mean to be American? In this teacher preview of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, delve into the work of artists grappling with these questions and reflect on their diverse perspectives.Join us to:
- Learn about American modern art with Jessica T. Smith, the Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art and organizer of the exhibition
- Explore the exhibition with museum educators
- Discover stories from the childhoods of American artists Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock with author David Stabler and illustrator Doogie Horner (Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends).
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Experiment with fun and original teaching ideas in the galleries and see how they might translate to your classroom. There will be something new at each session to test and adapt.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$40 ($32 member)
Treat yourself to a few hours exploring modern American art. Begin with a tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 before making your own art in the studio. World-renowned abstract painter and teacher Moe Brooker leads the hands-on portion of the workshop. Experiment with mixed media, bright colors, rhythm, and light to create your own dynamic abstract composition.
In-Service Workshops—at School or at the Museum
Art and Language ArtsArt is a natural prompt for writing: it provides visual learners with inspiration, struggling writers with a subject, and all students with an opportunity for reflection and personal connections. In this workshop, teachers will participate in a variety of model writing activities drawn from the PMA’s teacher resource Looking to Write, Writing to Look. These activities include narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing, as well as poetry and can be adapted to a variety of grade levels and any work of art.
Looking Closely, Thinking CriticallyArt is a powerful tool for developing critical thinking skills. When we closely observe and thoughtfully respond to art, we make informed interpretations based on visual evidence. As we share our thoughts and observations with others, we consider alternative viewpoints and revise our thinking. In this workshop, teachers will take part in questioning strategies and activities designed to elevate the level of students’ thought and analysis.
Art as a Primary SourceReading a work of art as a primary source can teach students to analyze tone and bias more clearly than a document. The use of images also engages students who struggle with lengthy or challenging texts. In this workshop, teachers will practice a step-by-step process for observing, interpreting, connecting to context, and drawing conclusions about what an artwork has to say about a moment in history.
Special Exhibition PreviewIs there a new exhibition at the PMA that you’re excited about? Select from our list of exhibition tours available for students and work with a museum educator to explore the possibilities for integrating the content and related resources into your teaching.
Workshop FeesAt the Museum
Workshops for Philadelphia public and charter schools Free
Self-guided group visit $12 per teacher
2-hour workshop for each group of up to 15 teachers $300
3-hour workshop for each group of up to 15 teachers $400 These are the fees for our recommended workshop themes, customized for your audience. Add a presentation about the Wachovia Education Resource Center at no additional charge.
At Your School
Free for Philadelphia public and charter schools
Within 25 miles: $350 for 2 hours, $450 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers
Within 50 miles: $400 for 2 hours, $500 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers
Within 100 miles: $550 for 2 hours, $650 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers These are the fees for our recommended workshop themes, customized for your audience. We can also include an introduction to the many PMA resources -- including bus funding, online teaching materials, and access to the ArtStor database of high-resolution images -- at no additional charge.
- Request a new workshop theme: add $100
- Studio activity (as studio space allows): $50 for each group of up to 15 teachers
- Non-alcoholic food and beverage can be arranged through PMA Conference Dining for an additional charge. Menus available by request.
For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .