K–12 and Teachers

The Center’s Education department works closely with teachers by helping them integrate visual learning into their curricula and supplementing classroom instruction with direct access to works of art. For inquiries related to K12 and teacher programs, contact Education (ycba.education@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858).

Many teachers drawing figurative sculpture in entrance court

Visual Literacy Consortium

This informal group of K–12 educators meets bimonthly to explore visual literacy and its role in the school curriculum. The group’s goal is to work toward an expanded notion of literacy that includes making meaning from visual as well as written texts.

The Visual Literacy Consortium meetings are held bimonthly on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. This semester, the meetings will take place February 9 and April 27. Please contact Education (ycba.education@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858) if you are interested in joining the mailing list.

Partnership Schools

The Center’s school partnerships are based on developing a shared philosophy of education and goals for learning. Offering a range of programs for teachers, the Center provides opportunities for professional development and experiential learning, from summer institutes to informal meetings.

Children in the Center's galleries, photo by Jaime Ursic

Art and Literacy

Our educational programming is designed to support literacy instruction and complement curriculum goals and standards. Bringing art into the learning process helps children become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Literacy instruction at the Center is built on inquiry, observation, description, and analysis, as well as on building connections, discovering meaning, and constructing personal narratives from firsthand encounters with works of art.

View a trailer of the the Center’s film Rethinking the Role of Art in Education, which demonstrates the role that art can play in teaching literacy and highlights the unique partnership between the Center and local schools.

Three teachers reflecting in the gallery

Summer Teacher Institute

Expanding Literacies, Extending Classrooms

June 26–29, 2017

This program offers teachers an enriched understanding of how visual art can support reading, writing, and thinking. Workshops, discussions, and lectures by university faculty, museum curators, and educators will demonstrate how “visual text” can be used to enhance literacy instruction.

Institute sessions include hands-on experience with works of art, exploring ways to make the museum an extension of the classroom. Participants will be given the tools they need to lead dynamic museum visits and to incorporate visual arts into classroom instruction. Common core standards will be addressed.

Sessions run from 10 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Lunch and parking is provided. This program is free of charge. The closing date for submissions is Friday, April 28, 2017. Applicants may register online. For further information, please contact Education (ycba.education@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858).

This project is generously supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment.

In-Service and Professional Development Opportunities

The Center offers customized in-service sessions at the museum for educators of all subjects and grade levels. The next workshop open to adults and teachers may be found below.

Points of View: Race in the Museum
Saturday, March 25, 10 am–1 pm

Last year the Center reinstalled its collection of paintings and sculpture with the overarching theme of Britain in the World. Many more objects and types of objects, including medals and miniatures, are part of this installation that visually records and illustrates the growth of Great Britain throughout North America, the Caribbean Islands, Africa, the Middle and Far East, and Australia. This workshop will use original works of art to talk about how the potential use and abuse of power is recorded visually, from whose point of view, and demonstrate teaching strategies for educators to use with their students. Boxed lunches will be provided.

The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. For information, please contact Education (ycba.education@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858).

Using the Collections

Teachers are encouraged to search the Center’s collections and download images for use in the classroom. See Using the Collections for more information.