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).

Partcipants sketching in the Entrance Court, photograph by Jaime Ursic

Visual Literacy Consortium

Please note that this program is postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

This informal group of K–12 educators meets on a regular basis 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 postponed until further notice. For more information, 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 sketching in the fourtth-floor galleries, photograph by Jaime Ursic

Art and Literacy

The Center’s 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 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.

Educators in the Long Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, photograph courtesy of the Education Department

Summer Teacher Institute

Expanding Literacies, Extending Classrooms

Please note that this program is canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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. *Please note that only active teachers may attend.

For more information, 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.

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.

Participants working in the Docent Room, photograph by Jaime Ursic