Teacher ProgramsWhether 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. Standards Alignment for Teacher Workshops >>
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5 PA or NJ hours
Designed for PreK–2 teachers, this workshop introduces creative ways to combine art and literacy for young learners. Inspired by the Museum's collection and picture books, explore age-appropriate, object-based approaches to looking that foster curiosity and wonder in your students. Enjoy hands-on gallery activities and discussions to learn strategies for developing meaningful studio art projects for the classroom.
In-Service Workshops—at School or at the Museum
Art and Language ArtsArt is a natural prompt for writing: it provides visual learners with inspiration, struggling writers with a subject, and all students with an opportunity for reflection and personal connections. In this workshop, teachers will participate in a variety of model writing activities drawn from the PMA’s teacher resource Looking to Write, Writing to Look. These activities include narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing, as well as poetry and can be adapted to a variety of grade levels and any work of art.
Looking Closely, Thinking CriticallyArt is 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. In this workshop, teachers will take part in questioning strategies and activities designed to elevate the level of students’ thought and analysis.
Art as a Primary SourceReading a work of art as a primary source can teach students to analyze tone and bias more clearly than a document. The use of images also engages students who struggle with lengthy or challenging texts. In this workshop, teachers will practice a step-by-step process for observing, interpreting, connecting to context, and drawing conclusions about what an artwork has to say about a moment in history.
Special Exhibition PreviewIs there a new exhibition that you’re excited about? Select from our list of exhibition tours available for students and work with a museum educator to explore the possibilities for integrating the content and related resources into your teaching.
Art in the Early Childhood ClassroomExplore how art, play, and early literacy can come together to create engaging experiences for young learners. This hands-on workshop provides teachers of grades pre-K–2 with age-appropriate, object-based strategies for teaching art through play and storytelling. Educators will participate in looking activities and discussions in the galleries, as well as develop meaningful art projects for the classroom.
Request an art-making activity in the studios for an additional fee.
Creating CommunityArt can empower and inspire your school team to cultivate a safe, supportive, and happy learning community. Effective teamwork depends on clear and empathetic communication. The Museum provides an ideal setting to slow down and practice the skills that foster purposeful, impactful relationships among colleagues. In this workshop, Museum educators guide your team through interactive gallery activities that emphasize close looking, active listening, collaborative problem solving, and self-reflection. Content can be adapted to meet the needs and goals of your team.
Workshop FeesAt the Museum
Workshops for Philadelphia public and charter schools: Free
Workshops for pre-service educators: $100 per group
Self-guided group visit: $12 per teacher
2-hour workshop for each group of up to 15 teachers: $300
3-hour workshop for each group of up to 15 teachers: $400 These are the fees for our recommended workshop themes, customized for your audience. Add a presentation about the Wachovia Education Resource Center at no additional charge.
At Your School
Free for Philadelphia public and charter schools
For pre-service teachers, $100 for each class session
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 These are the fees for our recommended workshop themes, customized for your audience. Add an introduction to our many resources for teachers at no additional charge.
- Request a new workshop theme: add $100
- Studio activity (as studio space allows): $100 for each group of up to 15 teachers
- Non-alcoholic food and beverage can be arranged for an additional charge. Menus available by request.
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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 .