Schools and Teachers

The Center’s Education department works closely with teachers to supplement classroom instruction with direct access to works of art, and by helping teachers integrate visual learning into their curricula. Please note that the Center is temporarily closed through spring 2016, and access to the galleries will not be available during this time. For additional information about the closure, visit building conservation project.

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.

Partnership

Our school partnerships are based on developing a shared philosophy of education and goals for learning. We offer a range of programs for teachers providing opportunities for professional development and experiental learning, from summer institutes to informal meetings.

School Tours

The Center is temporarily closed from January 2015 through spring 2016. School tours will not be available during this time. For additional information about the closure, visit building conservation project.

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.