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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 215-235-7469
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.

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Educator Discount

Teacher Workshop

K-12 Educators—we’ve got an offer just for you!

Save $30 on the membership of your choice (Member through Patron levels). You’ll enjoy a year of free access to the Museum, invites to members-only events, $10 guest passes, and discounts on programs, dining, and shopping. And don’t forget about all our fabulous teacher resources.

Offer valid in person at the Museum or by calling 215-684-7840. Teacher ID required.


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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Get Your Creative On: Remixed and Remastered
Saturday, January 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Student Lunchroom
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 member)

​​Explore and experiment with everyday materials to create an original artwork inspired by our collection. This hands-on workshop emphasizes ways that art-making can teach creative problem solving and encourage students to seek alternative solutions.

​Studio art jewelers Lisa and Scott Cylinder will lead this workshop. Inspired by myriad influences such as modern art, scientific phenomena, and film, they collaboratively transform materials, including found objects, into wearable works of art.​

Teaching Tough Topics
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
3 PA or NJ hours
Paid tickets required
$20 ($15 members)

Engaging with art challenges students to see from another perspective. Its complexity and ambiguity encourage them to develop compassion and engage deeply with the past. Join us to:​

  • Learn about one of the most challenging works of art in the collection from Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art
  • Explore strategies for integrating art into lessons that teach tolerance.

Teach | Lab
South Terrace Conference Room A
2 NJ or PA hours

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.

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Teacher Forum: Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 14, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Student Lunchroom
​4 PA or NJ hours
Paid tickets required
$32 ($25 members)

Slow down, you look too fast. Join us for Slow Art Day, a global event that encourages everyone to take time to look closely and make their own discoveries about art. In this teacher forum:

  • Participate in open-ended gallery looking activities with Museum educators
  • Discuss art and ideas with colleagues over lunch provided by the Museum
  • Learn more about visual intelligence through a lecture by Amy E. Herman, founder of The Art of Perception, Inc., an organization that trains everyone from the FBI to New York City doormen.

Teacher Preview: Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B

​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).​

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In-Service Workshops—at School or at the Museum

Explore how the arts can be a resource for teaching and learning. In-service workshops can take place at the Museum or at your school. Schedule a workshop that demonstrates how the arts can support Common Core Standards, how our online and print teaching resources can enrich social studies, language arts, and math curriculum, or request a customized workshop that fits your particular needs.

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Art and Language Arts

Art 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 Critically

Art 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 Source

Reading 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 Preview

Is 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 Fees

At 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.


Additional Fees
  • 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 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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