Just for Teachers

Teacher programs, workshops, and special events introduce kindergarten through university-level educators to works of art in the museum’s collection, museum-based teaching methods, project ideas, and methods for subject integration. All teacher workshops are eligible for professional development credits for Pennsylvania (Act 48). Please ask about credit when scheduling your workshop.

Start with Art: Hands-On Workshops for Teachers
Take an eye-opening journey during a one-day professional development workshop introducing teachers to the world of art, showing how it can be used to awaken the imagination and enhance classroom learning, and emphasizing artworks as a point of departure for classroom projects. Through these projects, your students can build skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication while developing their own creative and expressive style. The program treats teachers as both learners and educators and is a great way to introduce student teachers to the museum. Workshop themes, including studio-based experiences, can be customized to support the interests of your group. General topics include:

  • Making connections between works of art and the PA Standards in the visual arts
  • Active looking and discussion of artworks in the museum’s permanent collection
  • In-gallery activities promoting visual literacy and language skill development
  • Methods for integrating art across the curriculum

Custom Workshops for Teachers
Don’t quite see what you’re looking for? The education department can design a half- or full-day professional development workshop tailored to the needs of teachers from a single school, a group of teachers from a district, or a cross-section of teachers from an Intermediate Unit. Instruction may cover a single collection area in depth or explore theme- or art-based concepts across the museum’s collection. Workshop topics, formats, and fees vary depending on the request.

To discuss how the education department can meet your staff development needs, please call Jane Kintzer, Director of Education, at 610-432-4333, ext. 137.