K–12 teachers

The Center’s education programs accommodate students and educators of all needs and abilities. They aim to enhance observation, description, and critical thinking skills as well as build connections and discover meanings from first-hand encounters with original works of art.

Learning Resources


The Yale Center for British Art’s at home: Learning Resources video series explores paintings from the Center’s collection through visual literacy strategies, storytelling, and other learning resources. Join the professional storyteller Tom Lee as he weaves his tales inspired by the imagery featured in selected paintings and walks you through accompanying educational exercises. This program is for ages five and up.

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School Tours

Tours can be customized to connect content from the collections to specific interests or class curricula. The Education staff supports multiple visits throughout the year, when possible, as they enable students to gain confidence and comfort in the museum.

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Summer Teacher Institute

Active teachers are invited to join Expanding Literacies, Extending Classrooms, a free four-day program offering teachers an enriched understanding of how “visual text” can support reading, writing, thinking, and looking skills. Workshops, discussions, and gallery demonstrations are led by museum educators and curators, and university faculty. Participants learn to use the museum as an extension of the classroom by exploring ways to incorporate art in their curriculum, including Common Core standards. This project is generously supported by the William Randolph Hearst Education Endowment.

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Visual Literacy Consortium

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. Time is spent in the galleries to practice independent teaching.

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Partnership Schools

The Center is able to provide teaching consultants at no cost to make in-school visits to prepare students for trips to the museum. Teachers are expected to bring their students to the Center at least twice during the school year. Buses are provided.

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Using the Collections

Teachers are encouraged to search our online collections and download free images for use in the classroom.

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Contact the Education department at
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