Teacher ProgramsWhether 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.
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4 NJ or PA hours
$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
We have a limited number of scholarships available for School District of Philadelphia teachers that will cover the registration fee. Download the application form >>
VAST is generously supported by the
Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.
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9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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
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*
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
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 SchoolWithin 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 .