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Teacher programs are designed as professional development for teachers.

Evenings for Educators

Join our education and curatorial staff for presentations, docent-led tours, and hands-on activities that introduce you to our special exhibitions and featured permanent collection areas. Discover curriculum connections as you learn from experts in the field and gain inspiration to integrate our collection into your school day. Refreshments and teacher resource materials are provided. Participants may sign up to receive Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion. FREE for PreK–12 educators and administrators.

Email to register for Evenings for Educators.

Fall 2015
Art & Curiosity: Exploring the New European Art Galleries
Wednesday, October 21 4 – 7 pm; private reception 3:30 pm

FREE for PreK-12 educators and school administrators.

Discover the Wadsworth Atheneum’s newly renovated European art galleries with a curatorial presentation, docent-led conversations, and in-gallery activities. Feel inspired to integrate the museum’s collection into your classroom. Refreshments and teacher resources will be provided.

Election Day Workshop

Playing with Art: Game-Based Learning in the Classroom
Tuesday, November 3, 1 – 4 pm; light refreshments at 12:30 pm
Fees: $25; $20 for Wadsworth Atheneum, CAEA, and CCSS members; or $20/person for groups of five or more

Find out how games can engage students in deeper learning in this half-day workshop. Join the Institute of Play and museum educators as we explore game-based learning strategies. Play with the collection through game-centered gallery sessions and discover tools that can be adapted for the classroom.

To register for this event, call (860) 838-4046. Space is limited.


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.