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Teacher Programs

Whether 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-SHOW (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 $3.00 ($2.50 for Museum members). There is no service charge for tickets purchased at the Museum.

Teacher Workshops

The Museum is dedicated to creative learning for teachers as well as students. Art ignites curiosity, fosters critical-thinking skills, and presents challenging, interdisciplinary, and engaging learning environments. In an effort to support arts integration in all classrooms, the Museum offers a wide variety of teacher resources and professional development experiences for educators of all subject areas. The Museum is an approved Art 48/continuing professional development provider for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Check each workshop description to see how many credit hours are available. Reservations must be made in advance for all workshops.

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Teacher Appreciation Morning
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Locations: Van Pelt Auditorium, Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours

Learn about all of the exciting programs and resources the Museum has to offer this school year. Catch up with colleagues over coffee and breakfast and hear a lecture by Kathleen Foster, the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, and Director, Center for American Art, about a recent reinstallation in the American galleries, and sample a staff-led school tour (including a demonstration of the Museum’s virtual field trip program). You can also register your class for a school tour.

Getting the Most Out of Artstor
Location: Wachovia Education Resource Center
3 NJ or PA hours

Artstor is both a database of high-resolution images (more than 1.7 million so far) and an effective tool for classroom presentations. Because the Wachovia Education Resource Center has an exclusive agreement with Artstor that allows the Museum to give access to this database to K–12 educators, we offer training in how to explore the database and how to create engaging presentations. If you would like to join your colleagues already using Artstor, or if you are just looking for some new bells and whistles, join us for this free teacher workshop.

  • Monday, October 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Preview: Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours

Discover the special exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, a major retrospective of this critical figure in modern art. Both a photographer and filmmaker, Strand’s work touches on themes of portraiture, identity, community, and explorations of world cultures. Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, will present an engaging lecture that chronicles Strand’s artistic progression and the profound affect he had on modern art. Receive teaching materials for your classroom, explore the exhibition on your own, and make cross-curricular connections with peers and Museum educators.

Free and Easy: Using the Museum's Website as a Teaching Resource
Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Wachovia Education Resource Center
2 NJ or PA hours

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s website is home to a rich and varied collection of teacher resources. From lesson plans to teaching kits to object resources to electronic versions of our most popular poster sets and exhibition materials, there is much for educators to explore. We will model how to navigate our website and how to engage students with the effective use of the images and information that can be found. The workshop also includes an overview of some of our most popular and interesting web finds, connecting the visual arts and core subjects.

Literacy Through Photography
Saturday, November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Committee Room
5 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$36 ($29 members)

During this workshop, art educator in the Phoenixville Area School District Elizabeth Gilly will introduce teachers to the Literacy through Photography curriculum—developed by teacher and photographer Wendy Ewald—which encourages children to explore their world as they photograph scenes from their own lives, and then use their images as catalysts for verbal and written expression. Participants will take part in group discussions and writing in Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, try simple approaches to taking photographs, and learn how to use photography and writing as a tool for increasing students’ critical thinking and self-expression. Cameras and iPads will be provided for use during this workshop.

Fast VAST: Looking Closely, Thinking Critically
Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
5 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$36 ($29 members)

Did you want to attend the VAST (Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching) summer seminar for teachers but couldn’t? Do you need a dose of new ideas for your classroom? Join us for a recap of “Looking Closely, Thinking Critically,” the theme of VAST’s 2014 seminar. Explore art as a powerful tool for developing critical thinking skills through gallery discussions, hands-on activities, and a lecture. Learn strategies for strengthening higher order thinking skills—analyzing, interpreting, inferring, and citing evidence—while looking at and responding to art.

Educating with Art: A Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
Saturday, January 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5 NJ or PA hours
Location: Seminar Room, Education Studios 1 and 2
Reservations required
$45 ($36 members)

Designed for teachers of grades pre-K–2, this workshop explores ways that the visual arts can be a resource for the classroom curriculum. The program focuses on age-appropriate, object-based approaches to looking at and teaching from art, including gallery activities and discussions, as well as strategies for developing meaningful studio art projects for the classroom. Workshop content is changed each year to allow for repeat attendance.

Exhibition Preview: Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours

This exciting exhibition highlights works by African American artists in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Spanning two centuries, these works tell countless and unique stories about what it has meant to be African American and show how radically the definitions and boundaries of art have changed over that same period. Hear a lecture by exhibition co-curator John Vick, tour the exhibition, participate in activities, and receive free teaching materials for the classroom.

Introducing Artsy
Monday, January 19, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Wachovia Education Resource Center
3 NJ or PA hours

Artsy is a relatively new web resource of high-resolution art images with tremendous educational potential. Though not as large as the Artstor database, Artsy can be searched or organized by theme, historical event, artistic movement, and more. This workshop will introduce Artsy to participants, and will model how lessons and interdisciplinary connections can be created and presented.

Get Your Creative On: Silkscreen and Stencil
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$32 ($25 members)

Renew your creative spirit during this relaxed evening of looking at and making art. We will first spend time in the galleries viewing both silkscreen prints and examples of artists using stenciling techniques. Then, enjoy wine, food, and hands-on art making as we explore working with silkscreening and stenciling. Educators of all disciplines are welcome.

One Book, One Philadelphia
Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Committee Room
3 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$10 ($8 members)

This workshop offers tips and techniques for bringing The Free Library of Philadelphia’s annual One Book, One Philadelphia project to your classroom. Through gallery activities and discussion, participants will explore ways in which visual art can extend the themes of the book and gain strategies they can use to engage students in their study of literature and history.

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Saturday, February 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room, Van Pelt Auditorium
3 NJ or PA hours

Join us for a morning celebrating American artist Horace Pippin. Hear a lecture by Jen Bryant, author of the award-winning children’s book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin; participate in a hands-on art making activity; and view Pippin’s work (and other works of art by African American artists) in the exhibition Art from the African American Collections. This program is generously funded by the Center for American Art.

Exhibition Preview: Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours

This magnificent exhibition is the first outside of Japan to explore the nearly 500-year sphere of influence established by the Kano lineage of painters, the longest lived and most influential school of painting in Japanese history. Listen to a lecture by Dr. Felice Fischer, the Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art, tour the exhibition, receive teacher materials for the classroom, and participate in related hands-on activities provided by Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.

Podcasting about Art: Recording Your Response
Location: Committee Room (first session) and off-site at WHYY (second session)
7 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$65 ($52 members)

Back by popular demand! When we look at art, we make a connection with it. Learn to capture this rich experience by writing and producing a podcast about your own response to a work of art. In the first session, we will engage in guided looking, personal reflection, and small group discussion about works of art. Using these strategies, you will then focus individually on a work of your choice. This deep looking and thinking will provide content for your podcast.

During the second session, hosted at WHYY, you will learn to employ audio storytelling skills as you turn your response into an engaging podcast. Using readily available technology, you will learn basic recording and sound editing techniques, as well as strategies to use these techniques in your classroom.

*This is a two-part workshop, on two consecutive Saturdays. You must attend both days to receive professional development credit.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Try a Technique: Ink and Gold
Sunday, March 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Education Studios 1 and 2
4 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$40 ($32 members)

The Art of the Kano showcases oversized figures and landscapes painted in ink and set against backdrops of stunning gold leaf—these works reflect the power and grandeur of Kano patrons. In this workshop, Museum educators will lead participants on a gallery session in the exhibition. Afterwards, artists specializing in ink and gold will demonstrate their techniques, and participants will have a chance to make a painting using ink and gold.

Two Museums, One Historical Moment: The Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, and Nineteenth Century France
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Begins at the Barnes Foundation and concludes at the Rodin Museum
4 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$32 ($25 Museum and Barnes members)
Barnes Members will be asked to show their Barnes Membership card at program check-in.

Both the French Impressionist painters and French sculptor Auguste Rodin paved a path toward modern art. Join us for an in-depth look at nineteenth- and early twentieth-century painting and sculpture at the Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum. Through a lecture, gallery session, and a hands-on activity, explore how Impressionist artists rebelled on canvas, how Rodin revolutionized sculpture, and how all of these masterpieces found their home in Philadelphia.

The Meeting of East and West
Saturday, May 2, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Committee Room
4 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$32 ($25 members)

Explore the interplay between the art and culture of Europe and Asia with Christopher Atkins, the Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900, and Hiromi Kinoshita, the Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Associate Curator of Chinese Art. Enhance your teaching of world history and art history by examining the collection to discover various themes in Eastern and Western art and also how both cultures have borrowed from and been influenced by each other. After meeting with the curators in the galleries, teachers and Museum educators will brainstorm ideas for curriculum connections and strategize ways to apply them in the classroom.

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VAST - Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching

Each summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education department offers K–12 teachers of all subject areas the chance to immerse themselves in the Museum’s collections and explore the special nature of art and its use as a classroom resource.

VAST is generously supported by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.

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Fast VAST: Looking Closely, Thinking Critically
Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
5 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$36 ($29 members)

Did you want to attend the VAST (Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching) summer seminar for teachers but couldn’t? Do you need a dose of new ideas for your classroom? Join us for a recap of “Looking Closely, Thinking Critically,” the theme of VAST’s 2014 seminar. Explore art as a powerful tool for developing critical thinking skills through gallery discussions, hands-on activities, and a lecture. Learn strategies for strengthening higher order thinking skills—analyzing, interpreting, inferring, and citing evidence—while looking at and responding to art.

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In-Service Workshops

We can arrange in-service workshops at the Museum or at your school for you and your colleagues. Request a customized workshop to cover a specific topic that fits your particular needs, or schedule a workshop that demonstrates how our teaching poster sets can enrich your language arts and math curricula. Schools opting for a teaching poster workshop receive one set for their school.

Cost:

At the Museum
$300 for a 2-hour workshop for up to 15 teachers

At Your School
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 20 teachers

Within 100 miles: $550 for 2 hours
$650 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers

For more information, please contact Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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