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.
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.
Virtual Summer Teacher Institute
This four-day online program offers K–12 educators an understanding of how visual art can support classroom reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills. Group discussions and workshops, led by university faculty and museum and school educators, will focus on objects from the Center’s collections to demonstrate how to explore history and contemporary social issues. Daily sessions will provide practice in using the museum as an extension of the classroom. Common core standards will be addressed. This program is free and open to actively practicing teachers.
The Summer Teacher Institute is generously supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment.
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.