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Teacher programs are designed as professional development for teachers.

February Workshop

The Migration Story: Exploring African American History through Art and Writing
Tuesday, February 16

12:30-3:30 pm; light refreshments at 12 pm

Fees: $25 per teacher; $20 for Wadsworth Atheneum, Amistad Center, and CAEA members
Recommended for 6-12th grade Art, English, and Social Studies teachers

A collaboration between the Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, this workshop focuses on the African American experience from the 19-20th centuries. Explore paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, stories, and literature from two special exhibitions: 40 Acres: The Promise of the Black Pastoral and Sound & Sense: Poetic Musings in American Art. Join museum educators in gallery learning sessions that combine inquiry-based instruction with writing activities that can be taken back to the classroom. The workshop concludes with a book-binding art activity. Refreshments and materials included. Participants may sign up to receive Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion.

To register for this event, call (860) 838-4046. Space is limited to 30 teachers.

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.