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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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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.


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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VAST: Art at the Center of Cross-Disciplinary Teaching
July 6-10, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Paid tickets required
$260 ($210 members) Participants can register with University of the Arts for graduate credit payable to the University

The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites K-12 teachers of all subject areas to immerse themselves in the Museum’s collections and explore the special nature of art and its use as a resource in their classrooms during this week-long seminar. Reinvigorate your creative spirit, connect with like-minded colleagues, and refresh your classroom teaching with new ideas.

During this summer’s VAST, we will explore art as the center of a inter-disciplinary approach to teaching. Art invites us to investigate as scientists, analyze and interpret as historians, find order like mathematicians, “read” stories through its visual language, and use higher order thinking skills to become critical observers and thinkers. In short, art encompasses all disciplines.

Through lectures, small group gallery discussions, and writing and hands-on art workshops, participants will engage in activities that can be used both in the Museum and in the classroom to promote looking, thinking, and writing. We will also take an off-site field trip and visit the PMA’s summer special exhibition, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting. Sessions will be led by Museum Educators, invited speakers, and teaching artists. Teachers will be grouped into elementary, middle school, and high school work teams to facilitate meaningful discussion and brainstorming of curricular connections.

All VAST participants will receive a resource guide with background information on artworks, discussion questions, a resource list, and writing connections to bring back to the classroom.

VAST may be taken for several credit options:
  • 30 Pennsylvania continuing professional education hours (Act 48)
  • 30 New Jersey professional development hours
  • 2 graduate credits in Art Education from the University of the Arts*

*Teachers opting for graduate credits at the University of the Arts must also register with the university by calling 215-717-6006. The course number is PRES 505NM 01. An additional fee of $475 payable to the university applies. Those opting for graduate credit will be required to complete supplemental reading and additional written work.

To register, call the Museum’s Ticket Center at 1-800-235-SHOW (7469) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, stop by any Visitors Services Desk at the Museum.

For More Information
Contact Rebecca Mitchell, Manager of Teacher Services, at 215-684-7580 or .

VAST is generously funded by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fund for Education.


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.

At the Museum

$300 for a 2-hour workshop for up to 15 teachers
$400 for a 3-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 30 teachers
Within 100 miles: $550 for 2 hours, $650 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers

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 .

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