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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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Educating with Art: Incorporating Play in Early Childhood Classrooms
5 NJ or PA hours
Location: Seminar Room, Education Studios
Reservations required
$45 ($36 members)

Designed for teachers of grades pre-K-2, this workshop explores ways that art and play can come together to create a rich, engaging experience for young learners. The workshop focuses on age-appropriate, object-based approaches to looking at and teaching art through play. Educators participate in gallery activities and discussions, as well as learn strategies for developing meaningful studio art projects for the classroom. Workshop content changes each year to allow for repeat attendance; however, the content will be the same for both the fall and winter workshops.

  • Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Teacher Appreciation Morning (and Poster Giveaway)
Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 NJ or PA hours
Locations: Seminar Room

We have so much to offer schools and teachers this year! Learn about our upcoming programs and exhibitions, enjoy coffee and pastries, and hear a lecture by Christopher Atkins (The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900) about the exciting exhibition The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. You can also sample a staff-led school tour, see a demonstration of our virtual field trip program, and register your class for a school tour. Leave with some art posters for your classroom!

Getting the Most Out of Artstor
3 NJ or PA hours
Location: Wachovia Education Resource Center

Artstor is both a database of 2 million high-resolution images and an effective tool for classroom presentations. Because the Wachovia Education Resource Center has an exclusive agreement with Artstor that allows us to give access to this database to K-12 educators, we offer training in how to explore the database and how to create engaging presentations. Whether you are new to Artstor or are looking for some new bells and whistles, join us for this free teacher workshop.

  • Monday, October 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Preview: Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
3 NJ or PA hours
Location: Seminar Room

Every object tells a story. Explore stories of American history, nature, and people through the extraordinary works of art in Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life. Spark ideas for your classroom with a lecture by exhibition curator Mark Mitchell, time to explore the show with your colleagues, and activities to experiment with. Everyone will receive a free teaching poster.

Try a Technique: Botanical Illustration
Saturday, November 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
3 NJ or PA hours
Location: Committee Room
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members)

Get inspired by nature and strengthen your observation and drawing skills during this workshop with artist Rose Levine. Brainstorm with other educators about how drawing can encourage students to look closely and observe thoughtfully in science and other subjects. Participants will start the morning with a short gallery session in Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life then create their own botanical studies. All skill levels are welcome; materials will be provided.

Teach | Lab
2 NJ or PA hours
Location: Committee Room

Feeling adventurous? Want to try something new in your classroom? Memorable learning experiences are often the ones that catch us by surprise or show us something unexpected. Join us to experiment with new, fun teaching ideas in the galleries and see how they might translate to your classroom.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Religious Art in Context
Saturday, January 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 NJ or PA hours
Location: Committee Room
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 members)

Works of art play an important role in religious practice and teaching. Devotional objects in museum settings are separated from their original purpose and stories. During this workshop, co-led by Justin McDaniel (Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania) participants will explore a variety of devotional objects from Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and other religious traditions and discover the stories they represent and their place in religious practice.

Educators’ Preview: International Pop
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
3 NJ or PA hours

Be one of the first to see International Pop, an exciting exhibition that chronicles Pop art’s emergence as a global movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Discover the many ways that artists from all over the world engaged with the rise of mass media and consumerism against a backdrop of widespread social and political revolution. Enjoy a lecture by Erica Battle (The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art), tour the exhibition, participate in activities, and receive free teaching materials.

Using the Visual Arts as a Tool for Differentiated Instruction
Saturday, April 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 NJ or PA hours
Location: Committee Room
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 members)

Students who struggle with written text, students who are visual learners, and students whose first language is not English often struggle in a classroom centered around text and lecture. This workshop will help teachers make the most of the visual arts as an enhancement to their lessons. In the galleries we will explore activities that connect art with curricular topics, and then brainstorm how these opportunities can help differentiate instruction

Inspiring text: Miguel de Cervantes, Honoré Daumier, and Salvador Dalí
6 NJ or PA hours
Location: Seminar Room
Paid tickets required
$45 ($36 members)

How do artists respond to text? How are authors inspired by visual images? In the first session of this two-part workshop, teachers will explore the exhibition Cervantes: Crafting Modernity at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia and view first edition volumes of Cervantes’ alongside original illustrations by Salvador Dalí. During the second session at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, participants will consider a variety of works of art and respond to them through writing prompts.

To register, please call the Philadelphia Museum of Art Ticket Center 215-235-7469.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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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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 Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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