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,
- 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
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. Teachers will be grouped into elementary, middle school, and high school work teams to facilitate meaningful discussion and brainstorming of curricular connections.
VAST may be taken for several credit options:
*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 PRES 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.
- 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
VAST is generously funded by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fund for Education.