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.
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.
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.