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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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Get Your Creative On: Figure Drawing
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
3 NJ or PA hours
Location: Student Lunchroom (Main Building) and galleries
Reservations required
$32 ($25 members)

Get your creative juices flowing during this relaxed evening of art and drawing. We will first look at several figurative paintings and sculptures in the galleries that demonstrate different approaches and styles. Then, teachers can enjoy a relaxing glass of wine, and teaching artist Nancy Sophy will lead a figure drawing session with a live model. Whether you’re an experienced artist or a novice, you will leave with new ideas and a rejuvenated spirit.

Educating with Art: The Renaissance
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4 NJ or PA hours
Location: Committee Room
Reservations required
$36 ($29 members)

Discuss the Museum’s collection of Northern and Southern European Renaissance paintings with Christopher Atkins, Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Carl Strehlke, Adjunct Curator, John G. Johnson Collection. Gain new insights into the Museum’s Renaissance paintings and learn how to enhance your teaching of topics such as European history, mythology, and the artist’s role in society. 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

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: Looking Closely, Thinking Critically
July 7 - 11, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room, Galleries, Art Studios
Paid tickets required
$210 (members), $260 (non-members)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites K-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 a powerful tool for developing critical thinking skills. When we closely observe and thoughtfully respond to art, we make informed interpretations based on visual evidence. As we share our thoughts and observations with others, we consider alternative viewpoints and revise our thinking. Investigating art as both a primary source and an alternate text, we will engage in a variety of strategies to utilize the thinking skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards. Throughout the week, we’ll brainstorm creative ways to invigorate all classroom curricula– science, history, math, and language arts– with art. The PMA’s rich permanent collection will serve as our springboard into our investigations and discoveries.

Through lectures, small group gallery discussions, and writing and hands-on art workshops, participants will engage in approaches and activities that can be used both in the Museum and in the classroom to promote looking, thinking, and writing. We will also take a field trip to Longwood Gardens. Sessions will be led by Museum Educators, invited speakers, and teaching artists. Teachers will be grouped into elementary, middle school, and high school work teams to facilitate meaningful discussion and brainstorming of curricular connections.

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.

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 VAST 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 215-235-SHOW (7469) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, stop by any Visitors Services Desk at the Museum, or click here. There is a $3.50 service charge ($2.50 for Museum members) for phone or online orders. There is no service charge for registering at the Museum.

VAST is held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street, Philadelphia. The Museum is served by SEPTA bus routes. There is an hourly parking garage for those who wish to drive to the Museum. Teachers from beyond commuting distance may register for VAST but will need to make their own arrangements for room and board.

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at (215) 684-7580, or by e-mail at .

VAST is generously funded by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fund for Education.


In-Service Workshops

We can arrange in-service workshops at the Museum or at your school for you and your colleagues. Request a customized workshop to cover a specific topic that fits your particular needs, or schedule a workshop that demonstrates how our teaching poster sets can enrich your language arts and math curricula. Schools opting for a teaching poster workshop receive one set for their school.


At the Museum
$300 for a 2-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 20 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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