Teacher Programs

Evenings for Educators

Join our education and curatorial staff for presentations, docent-led tours, and hands-on activities that introduce you to our special exhibitions and featured permanent collection areas. Discover curriculum connections as you learn from experts in the field and gain inspiration to integrate our collection into your school day. Refreshments and teacher resource materials are provided. Bring your school calendar; we can schedule your next group visit during these evenings.

Fees: Free for PreK–12 educators and administrators.
Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available in lieu of discontinued CEUs.

Fall 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 4–7 pm, private reception at 3:30 pm
Commissioning Art: The Crown, the Church, the Nobility

Spring 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 4–7 pm, private reception at 3:30 pm
From Sea to Shining Sea: A Panoramic View of American Landscape Painting

Email teachers@wadsworthatheneum.org to register.

Election Day Workshop
Art Speaks!

Tuesday, November 5, 9 am–3:30 pm

Whether decorative, functional, or purely conceptual in nature, art speaks to all of us if we care to listen. By nurturing observant eyes, educators create essential portals through which students decode meaning in art by means of description, inquiry, and critical response. Visit us for a day of discovering the language and messages of art, with gallery sessions taught by our museum educators.

Breakout Sessions
Artists’ Interpretation of History
Group Art Advocacy Project
Keep It Together: Strategies for Collaborative Art-Making in the Classroom
The Art of Play: Meaning-making through Gallery Games
Relating to the Land: Hudson River to Contemporary Landscapes
Still Life: Drawing Perspective

Breakout Session Facilitator Bios
Breakout Session Descriptions

Fees: $40; $35 for museum and CAEA members; $30 for groups of five or more.
Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available in lieu of discontinued CEUs. Five hours on task.
To register, call 860-838-4046. Payment required at registration.

Saturday Homeschoolers’ Series
An Introduction to Teaching Core Subjects through the Visual Arts

Are you seeking to diversify your children’s at-home instruction? Consider joining us for this professional development series aimed at training homeschooling parents to utilize the visual arts as a creative mechanism for addressing core academic subjects, state and national standards, and 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communicating, and collaborating. All participants will leave with a complimentary disc of images from our permanent collection to implement the modeled strategies at home.

February 15, 1–4 pm                         Elementary School (PreK–grade 5)
March 15, 1–4 pm                               Middle School (grades 6–8)
April 19, 1–4 pm                                  High School (grades 9–12)

Fees: $15 per session; $40 for entire series.
To register, call 860-838-4046. Payment required at registration.
Space is limited. Each session accommodates 25 participants max.

Appointment-based Workshops & In-service Training

Equip yourself with the tools to readily incorporate the visual arts into your daily teaching. All professional development programs combine contextual information with modeled instruction, practical gallery sessions, and participatory activities that relate to general areas of state and national curriculum and standards. Sessions may be booked for PreK-12 educators from a variety of disciplines and are designed to meet teachers’ needs, and appeal to multiple learning styles. Teachers may request a focus on artworks from a specific portion of our collection, or an introduction to all collections. See the menu below for topics offered year-round. Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available in lieu of discontinued CEUs.


Workshops (up to 5 contact hours): $35/teacher
In-service Trainings (up to 3.5 contact hours): $25/teacher
Offsite In-service Trainings (up to 3.5 contact hours): $40/teacher plus travel. Capped at $400.
A $5 discount will be given to museum and CAEA members as well as pre-service teachers.


Call 860-838-4170 or email teachers@wadsworthatheneum.org to schedule a professional development session today. Sessions require a minimum of four weeks advance booking.

Currently Available Session Topics:

Learning to Look: Discover methods of teaching with artworks across the curriculum by developing perceptive eyes. Learn how to “read” images as primary sources and to create dialogues around works of art with your students in order to address curricular goals. Explore how the process of careful looking can exercise and enhance students’ observational, critical thinking, and oral presentation skills.

Art and Writing: Learn to incorporate writing into your visual arts curriculum or reenergize your current language arts lessons with creative writing prompts. Investigate how works of art can serve as educational vehicles for the development of students’ literacy skills in the areas of written description, narration, analysis, interpretation, and creative expression.

The ABCs of Art: How can young children learn from objects? This session, specifically crafted for early childhood educators, will answer this question through exploration, discovery, and play in our galleries.

Homeschooler’s Toolbox: A “Learning to Look” training for homeschooling parents, this session provides the foundational principles for drawing meaning from works of art to address various curricular goals. Participants will receive a complimentary CD of images from our permanent collection for at-home use.

Out and About: Think outside the box! Our educators will come to your school or organization to facilitate any of the topics listed above. A slide projector and laptop must be provided. This is available only as an in-service training.  

Educator One-on-Ones

Spend some quality time with one of our museum educators to plan a lesson centered on works of art from our permanent collection. Participants are required to provide in advance the student learning objectives or curriculum standards they wish to address. Fee: $15/hour. Up to two hours. One-on-Ones require a minimum of four weeks advance booking by calling 860-838-4170.

Orientation Tours for Teachers

For teachers who plan to bring students to the museum for a docent-guided visit, this one hour docent-led tour models the questioning and discussion strategies used with students that address the specific theme of the upcoming school tour. Teachers may book orientations for any currently offered school tour. Call 860-838-4046 to schedule today.  Fee: $6/teacher.  Appointments must be made at least three weeks in advance.

From Our Collection

Manders, 2010 Warhol, 1963 Puryear, 1982 1753, Hallé

Upcoming Events

all-day 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
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1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
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Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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7:00 pm Film: A Journey
Film: A Journey
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:25 pm
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all-day Fine Art & Flowers
Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day
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Hours & Admission

Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5