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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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Educating with Art: A Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
Saturday, January 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5 NJ or PA hours
Location: Seminar Room, Education Studios 1 and 2
Reservations required
$45 ($36 members)

Designed for teachers of grades pre-K–2, this workshop explores ways that the visual arts can be a resource for the classroom curriculum. The program focuses on age-appropriate, object-based approaches to looking at and teaching from art, including gallery activities and discussions, as well as strategies for developing meaningful studio art projects for the classroom. Workshop content is changed each year to allow for repeat attendance.

Exhibition Preview: Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours

This exciting exhibition highlights works by African American artists in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Spanning two centuries, these works tell countless and unique stories about what it has meant to be African American and show how radically the definitions and boundaries of art have changed over that same period. Hear a lecture by exhibition co-curator John Vick, tour the exhibition, participate in activities, and receive free teaching materials for the classroom.

Introducing Artsy
Monday, January 19, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Wachovia Education Resource Center
3 NJ or PA hours

Artsy is a relatively new web resource of high-resolution art images with tremendous educational potential. Though not as large as the Artstor database, Artsy can be searched or organized by theme, historical event, artistic movement, and more. This workshop will introduce Artsy to participants, and will model how lessons and interdisciplinary connections can be created and presented.

Get Your Creative On: Silkscreen and Stencil
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$32 ($25 members)

Renew your creative spirit during this relaxed evening of looking at and making art. We will first spend time in the galleries viewing both silkscreen prints and examples of artists using stenciling techniques. Then, enjoy wine, food, and hands-on art making as we explore working with silkscreening and stenciling. Educators of all disciplines are welcome.

One Book, One Philadelphia
Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Committee Room
3 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$10 ($8 members)

This workshop offers tips and techniques for bringing The Free Library of Philadelphia’s annual One Book, One Philadelphia project to your classroom. Through gallery activities and discussion, participants will explore ways in which visual art can extend the themes of the book and gain strategies they can use to engage students in their study of literature and history.

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Saturday, February 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room, Van Pelt Auditorium
3 NJ or PA hours

Join us for a morning celebrating American artist Horace Pippin. Hear a lecture by Jen Bryant, author of the award-winning children’s book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin; participate in a hands-on art making activity; and view Pippin’s work (and other works of art by African American artists) in the exhibition Art from the African American Collections. This program is generously funded by the Center for American Art.

Exhibition Preview: Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
3 NJ or PA hours

This magnificent exhibition is the first outside of Japan to explore the nearly 500-year sphere of influence established by the Kano lineage of painters, the longest lived and most influential school of painting in Japanese history. Listen to a lecture by Dr. Felice Fischer, the Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art, tour the exhibition, receive teacher materials for the classroom, and participate in related hands-on activities provided by Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.

Podcasting about Art: Recording Your Response
Location: Committee Room (first session) and off-site at WHYY (second session)
7 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$65 ($52 members)

Back by popular demand! When we look at art, we make a connection with it. Learn to capture this rich experience by writing and producing a podcast about your own response to a work of art. In the first session, we will engage in guided looking, personal reflection, and small group discussion about works of art. Using these strategies, you will then focus individually on a work of your choice. This deep looking and thinking will provide content for your podcast.

During the second session, hosted at WHYY, you will learn to employ audio storytelling skills as you turn your response into an engaging podcast. Using readily available technology, you will learn basic recording and sound editing techniques, as well as strategies to use these techniques in your classroom.

*This is a two-part workshop, on two consecutive Saturdays. You must attend both days to receive professional development credit.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Try a Technique: Ink and Gold
Sunday, March 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Education Studios 1 and 2
4 NJ or PA hours
Reservations required
$40 ($32 members)

The Art of the Kano showcases oversized figures and landscapes painted in ink and set against backdrops of stunning gold leaf—these works reflect the power and grandeur of Kano patrons. In this workshop, Museum educators will lead participants on a gallery session in the exhibition. Afterwards, artists specializing in ink and gold will demonstrate their techniques, and participants will have a chance to make a painting using ink and gold.

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.

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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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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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