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.
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.
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.
Summer Teacher Institutes are virtual, presented via Zoom.
Sponsored by Northern Trust
Being Present in the Moment: Teaching about Current Events through Works of Art
July 12 - 16, 2021
This session will introduce teachers to the methodology and process of teaching from works of art, providing skills and tools necessary to teach students about current events through engaging and meaningful dialogue.
The African American Experience
July 19 - 23, 2021
This session will focus on teaching African American history from works of art in Crystal Bridges’ collection. Previous experience with object-based teaching and/or integrating artwork into classroom curriculum is encouraged.
Virtual Saturday Sessions for Teachers
Four-hour Saturday morning virtual 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 provided. Separate registration for each session. Four hours of professional development credit available.
Virtual Wednesday Workshops for Teachers
A series of virtual evening programs on a wide variety of topics ranging from temporary exhibition highlights to ways of teaching from works of art in the museum’s permanent collection. Separate registration for each session.
The Power of Story (virtual monthly series)
Every artwork speaks and leads to powerful conversations among those who view it. Art can lead our discussions and push our imagination. Artists from the African diaspora have used art to explore the past, the present, and the future. Using art has been a tool for lasting change. Join us virtually as we explore the past, consider the present, and imagine the future using African American artworks and literature to guide our path. Separate registration for each session. One hour of professional development credit available.
One-Off Wednesdays (virtual)
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that innovation and adaptation are more than buzz words in today’s education landscape. One-Off Wednesdays is a new virtual program offering educators two-hour experiential and thought-provoking workshops designed to bring teachers together around topics of interest and works of art. In this experimental lab style series, the only constant is change. Two hours of professional development credit available per session.
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.