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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 $3.00 ($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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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 Inter-Disciplinary Teaching
July 6-10, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Paid tickets required
30 NJ, PA professional development hours and 2 graduate credits available
$260 ($210 members)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites PreK-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 an 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 by curators, small group gallery discussions, and hands-on -workshops, participants will engage in activities that can be used both in the Museum and in the classroom to promote looking, thinking, and writing. Highlights of the week include:
  • An off-site field trip to Drexel’s ExCITe Center
  • A visit to the PMA’s summer special exhibition, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting
  • Gallery sessions led by museum educators who will team up with colleagues from other disciplines: mathematics, science, history and writing
  • Hands- on art and writing sessions with a costume designer, a book artist, a terrarium designer, and a radio producer

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. Teachers will be grouped into elementary, middle school, and high school work teams to facilitate meaningful discussion and brainstorming of curricular connections.

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, or 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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