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Teacher Programs

Whether 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. New programs will be added soon for the spring semester, be sure to check back for more offerings.

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.


Educator Discount

Teacher Workshop

K-12 Educators—we’ve got an offer just for you!

Save $30 on the membership of your choice (Member through Patron levels). You’ll enjoy a year of free access to the Museum, invites to members-only events, $10 guest passes, and discounts on programs, dining, and shopping. And don’t forget about all our fabulous teacher resources.

Offer valid in person at the Museum or by calling 215-684-7840. Teacher ID required.


Teacher Workshops

The Museum is dedicated to creative learning for teachers as well as students. Art ignites curiosity, fosters critical-thinking skills, and presents challenging, interdisciplinary, and engaging learning environments. In an effort to support arts integration in all classrooms, the Museum offers a wide variety of teacher resources and professional development experiences for educators of all subject areas. The Museum is an approved Art 48/continuing professional development provider for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Check each workshop description to see how many credit hours are available. Reservations must be made in advance for all workshops.

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Teacher Appreciation Morning
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
3 NJ or PA hours

Find out what’s in store for educators at the Museum this school year. Join us in the Perelman Building and explore Philadelphia Assembled, a project that combines art and civic engagement. Then choose your own adventure: sample a school tour, sign up for a membership with our educator discount, register your class for a field trip, or discuss ideas with Museum educators.

Artful Thinking in the Museum and Classroom
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
5 NJ or PA hours​
Paid tickets required
$50; $40 member

Engage in Artful Thinking practices through activities, discussion, and presentation. Explore the ways thinking routines can encourage learners to look closely, ask questions, reason carefully, and explore the complexity of works of art and topics across the curriculum. Also examine how students’ thinking can be documented, and how the forms of thinking encouraged by Artful Thinking practices connect to Common Core standards.​

What Is Artful Thinking?
Artful Thinking is an approach to looking at art that can be used with learners of all ages. It foregrounds the use of thinking routines, which encourage active engagement with artworks and are transferable from museum galleries to classroom settings.

Teacher Preview: Old Masters Now
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
South Terrace Conference Room A
3 NJ or PA hours

Many beloved works in the Museum’s collection can be traced back to John G. Johnson. Learn about new discoveries and behind-the-scenes insights from curator Christopher Atkins and conservator Lucia Bay. Then explore Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection with Museum educators to experiment with classroom activities and resources.​

Teach | Lab
South Terrace Conference Room A
2 NJ or PA hours

Experiment with fun and original teaching ideas in the galleries and see how they might translate to your classroom. There will be something new at each session to test and adapt.

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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In-Service Workshops—at School or at the Museum

Explore how the arts can be a resource for teaching and learning. In-service workshops can take place at the Museum or at your school. Schedule a workshop that demonstrates how the arts can support Common Core Standards, how our online and print teaching resources can enrich social studies, language arts, and math curriculum, or request a customized workshop that fits your particular needs.

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Art and Language Arts

Art 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 Critically

Art 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 Source

Reading 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 Preview

Is there a new exhibition at the PMA 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.

Workshop Fees

At the Museum
Workshops for Philadelphia public and charter schools       Free
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
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. We can also include an introduction to the many PMA resources -- including bus funding, online teaching materials, and access to the ArtStor database of high-resolution images -- at no additional charge.


Additional Fees
  • Request a new workshop theme: add $100
  • Studio activity (as studio space allows): $50 for each group of up to 15 teachers
  • Non-alcoholic food and beverage can be arranged through PMA Conference Dining for an additional charge. Menus available by request.


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 .

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