Professional Development for Teachers
Crystal Bridges is committed to helping teachers learn about American art and art history so they will feel comfortable using artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection to supplement their classroom curriculum in a variety of subjects. Professional development at Crystal Bridges is not just for art teachers! Teachers of all subject areas can find relevant connections to their curriculum and are encouraged to register. A number of teacher professional development programs are available throughout the year at little or no cost.
Saturday Sessions for Teachers
Four-hour Saturday morning workshops focusing on particular topics or highlighting current temporary exhibitions and ways in which they may be a resource for teachers’ classroom curricula. Each session includes a studio artmaking component. Materials and refreshments provided. Separate registration for each session. Four hours Professional Development available.
Wednesday Series for Teachers
A series of two-hour evening programs on a wide range of topics, ranging from temporary exhibition highlights to ways of teaching from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. Materials and refreshments provided. Separate registration for each session. Two hours Professional Development credit available.
Summer Teacher Institute
A week-long professional development session that will introduce teachers of all subject areas 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 using works of art through an engaging and meaningful dialog. Thirty hours of Professional Development credit available.
William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship
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.
Classroom Connections Resources
Crystal Bridges’ Education Department has also developed several Classroom Connections resources that connect specific works of art with school curricula and offer suggestions for lessons in the classroom. New Classroom Connections are developed each semester.