Programs for Teachers

Programs for Teachers

Teacher Summer Institute

Teaching from Works of Art July 20 – 24, 2015 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Many teachers want to incorporate arts integration strategies in their classroom, but may feel that they do not have the skills. Teaching from works of art can feel overwhelming, especially for teachers who have never taken art history or studio arts. This week-long professional development session will introduce teachers to the methodology and process of teaching from works of art. Incorporating art in your classroom curriculum can enhance student outcomes in many areas including communication, interpretation, inference, visual literacy, and knowledge acquisition. In this intensive and immersive session, teachers will acquire the skills and tools necessary to teach their students history from works of art through an engaging and meaningful dialog. Teaching from Works of Art professional development session is available through a competitive application process. Teachers in grades 5 through 12 are encouraged to apply. Session will include:
  • Immersive gallery sessions
  • Workshops in listening and improvisation with Trike Theatre
  • Team-building strategies
  • Student demonstrations
  • Access to visual resources
  Applicants selected will receive:
  • Minimum of 30 professional development hours
  • Ongoing support during the school year
The cost for accepted participants is $50, which includes all materials, breakfast and lunch daily, and a School Visit for your students. Applications will be accepted and reviewed from April 1 through May 15. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by June 1.


June 22-25 Experience exemplary museum practices through inspirational gallery activities, use your own “Portable Studio” for daily visual journaling, exploratory research, receive museum packets, interact with diverse educators, & much more…designed to nurture YOU, the nurturer! Learn More  

Upcoming Programs

Wed 09

Wednesday Session for Teachers » Self-Guided 101

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 12

Art & Architecture: Hands-on ASL Interpreting

September 12 @ 8:15 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 18

Evening for Educators

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 14
Sat 24

Saturday Sessions » Maurer’s Modernism

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Professional Development for your Faculty

Crystal Bridges offers teacher professional development for your school or district faculty. These sessions are led by Museum Education staff and provide teachers with the tools and strategies they need to teach from works of art in the Museum’s collection, including images and other resources for use in the classroom. The cost for these sessions is $50 per 25 teachers. Capacity limits us to 50 participants per session. Request for Professional Development for the 2014-2015 school year can be made by clicking the link below. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore Professional Development request form  


The William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship seeks to enrich high school curriculum by encouraging research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. Administered by the Crystal Bridges Library, the Fellowship is designed to encourage creative research projects that draw on the assets of the Library to create arts-integrated curriculum that will enhance traditional teaching methods and student engagement. Learn More