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Teacher programs are designed as professional development for teachers.

Summer STEAM at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Monday, June 27 from 9am–3:15pm

Looking to transform STEM into STEAM? This STEAM focused all-day workshop geared for K–12 teachers will demonstrate the many ways art can enhance science, technology, engineering, and math. Join museum educators, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s conservation team, and MakeHartford for hands-on sessions and resources that can be directly applied to your class and art room teaching. Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development available. Lunch and light morning refreshments included!

$20 per teacher; $15 for Atheneum and CAEA members, or for groups of five or more.

To register, call the Group Visit Associate at 860-838-4046. Payment is required at registration. Space is limited!

Summer STEAM Breakout Sessions (choose two):
Click here to download full session descriptions.

Balancing Act
Grades K–5
Taught by Anne Butler Rice, Director of Education, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Chemistry of Conservation
Grades: 3-5
Taught by Ashely Kosa, Conservation Assistant, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Invent an Art Machine
Grades: 3-5
Taught by MakeHartford Educators

Mathematical Weaving
Grades: 6-12
Taught by Rebecca Arkenberg, Museum Educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art and Optics
Grade Levels: 6-12
Taught by Lauren T. Cross, Community Programs Specialist, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Sketch Like a Scientist
Grade Levels: 6-8
(Adaptable for grades 9-12)
Taught by Angela Parker, Docent and Tour Programs Manager, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Appointment-based Workshops & In-service Training

Equip yourself with the tools to readily incorporate the visual arts into your daily teaching. All workshops combine modeled instruction in the galleries with participatory activities and content that link to core academic subjects and curriculum standards. Sessions may be booked for PreK-12 educators from a variety of disciplines and are designed appeal to multiple learning styles in the classroom. Teachers may request a focus on artworks from a specific area of our collection. See the menu below for topics offered year-round. Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available.

Fees: Up to 5 contact hours: $35/teacher
Up to 3.5 contact hours: $25/teacher
Offsite Presentations (up to 3.5 contact hours): $40/teacher plus travel. Capped at $400.

$5 discount for museum and CAEA members and pre-service teachers.

Call 860-838-4170 or email to schedule a professional development sessionSessions require a minimum of four weeks advance booking.

Workshop Topics

Learning to Look
Discover methods of teaching with artworks across the curriculum by developing perceptive eyes. Learn how to “read” images as primary sources and to create dialogues around works of art with your students. Explore how the process of careful looking exercises students’ observational, critical thinking, and oral presentation skills.

Art and Writing
Learn to incorporate writing into your visual arts curriculum or re-energize your current language arts lessons with creative writing prompts. Investigate how works of art serve as educational vehicles for the development of students’ literacy skills in the areas of written description, narration, analysis, interpretation, and creative expression.

The ABCs of Art
How can young children learn from objects? This session, specifically crafted for early childhood educators, will answer this question through exploration, discovery, and play in our galleries.

Out and About
Think outside the box! Our educators will come to your school to facilitate any of the topics listed above. A slide projector and laptop must be provided. Offsite presentations last up to 3.5 hours.


Orientation Tours for Teachers

For groups of teachers who plan to bring students to the museum for a docent-guided visit, this one hour docent-led tour models the questioning and discussion strategies used with students that address the specific theme of the upcoming school tour. Teachers may book orientations for any currently offered school tours.

Fee: $6 per teacher

Call 860-838-4046 to schedule your orientation tour today. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.