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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.

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 The Dolfinger-McMahon and Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundations.

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VAST: Unlocking Creativity
July 11-15, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
30 NJ, PA professional development hours
2 graduate credits available from the University of the Arts
(for more information about graduate credit, please contact the University of the Arts Professional Institute for Educators at, or (215) 717-6006)
Reservations required
This program is sold out. Please contact the Museum's Ticket Center at 215-235-7469 to be added to the waiting list.

Engaging with art develops the habits of mind that unlock our creativity. The complexity of a work of art requires close observation and the ambiguous nature of interpretation encourages us to generate a variety of ideas and consider multiple perspectives. The process of art encourages taking risks, learning from failure, and persisting in finding solutions to a challenge. Building these thinking dispositions makes us better learners in all subjects. The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites K-12 teachers to take up the creative challenge, reinvigorating ourselves as learners in order to inspire our students. We will explore these habits of mind through creative warm-ups, presentations by curators and invited scholars, gallery sessions, hands-on workshops, and off-site visits.


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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