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Teacher Programs

Teacher Professional Development

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. Participants may sign up to receive Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion.

Fee: Free for PreK–12 educators and administrators.
Email teachers@wadsworthatheneum.org to register.

Fall 2014
Home Sweet Home: Exploring the Work of Connecticut Artists and Craftsmen
Wednesday, Oct 15, 4 – 7 pm

Winter 2015
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008
Wednesday, Feb 18, 4 – 7 pm

A private reception will take place at 3:30 pm before both programs.

Election Day Workshop - SOLD OUT!
[Art] History in Your Own Backyard

New - Summer Viewfinders 2015
Conversations in Contemporary Art (1945–present)
Gain new perspectives as you enjoy the view in this one-day workshop meant to nurture the nurturer. Participating classroom and art educators will be introduced to our newly reinstalled galleries of contemporary art through inquiry-based dialogue, structured play, and writing exercises. Cross-curricular connections will be articulated as teachers analyze the work of artists such as Chuck Close, Kerry James Marshall, Kiki Smith, Wayne Thiebaud, and Kara Walker. Recharge your batteries for the upcoming school year through this day of artful inspiration. Recommended for teachers of grades 3 through 12. Email teachers@wadsworthatheneum.org to request a description of the reinstallation of our contemporary art collection

Tuesday, June 23, 9 am – 3 pm
Fees: $35; $30 for museum and CAEA members; $25 for groups of five or more. Lunch included.
Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available. Five hours on task.
To register, call 860-838-4046. Payment required at registration. Space is limited.

Appointment-based Workshops & In-service Training
Equip yourself with the tools to readily incorporate the visual arts into your daily teaching. All workshops combine modeled instruction in the galleries with participatory activities and art-historical content that link to core academic subjects and curriculum standards. Sessions may be booked for PreK-12 educators from a variety of disciplines and are designed appeal to multiple learning styles in the classroom. Teachers may request a focus on artworks from a specific area of our collection. See the menu below for topics offered year-round. Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available.

Fees: Up to 5 contact hours: $35/teacher
Up to 3.5 contact hours: $25/teacher
Offsite Presentations (up to 3.5 contact hours): $40/teacher plus travel. Capped at $400.

$5 discount will be given to museum and CAEA members as well as pre-service teachers.

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

Workshop 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. Explore how the process of careful looking exercises students’ observational, critical thinking, and oral presentation skills.

Art and Writing
Learn to incorporate writing into your visual arts curriculum or re-energize your current language arts lessons with creative writing prompts. Investigate how works of art 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.

Meet Me Down at Coney Isle: A Playful Discovery of Place - New
Explore Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 through visual investigations of key objects that reveal the multidisciplinary nature of the exhibition. This workshop is available from January 31 to May 31, 2015.

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 academic subjects. Participants will receive a complimentary disc of images from our permanent collection for at-home use.

Out and About
Think outside the box! Our educators will come to your school to facilitate any of the topics listed above. A slide projector and laptop must be provided. Offsite presentations last up to 3.5 hours.

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 tours.

Fee: $6/teacher.

Call 860-838-4046 to schedule today. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.

From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

Upcoming Events

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1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
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Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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1:00 pm Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite
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Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
2:30 pm Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Dec 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Looking at Landscapes: Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.

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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