Make MoMA artworks and teaching methods part of your classroom and curriculum. MoMA offers professional development workshops and online resources that will give you tools and tips to guide your students to look closely, discuss art, and think critically. In addition to workshops and resources designed for K–12, teachers also receive a discount on classes open to the general public.
Modern art: the educational revolution
In 1951, during a conference at The Museum of Modern Art, architect Buckminster Fuller pointed a finger at a group of art teachers and said, “The battle for the human spirit will be fought and won in art rooms of the nation’s schools and in the artists’ studios, but only if the creative arts become a major part of every child’s education and if the artist asserts his significant and historical role as the people’s advocate.” Fuller was referring to something many other artists believe: the core role of art education in increasing awareness, insight, understanding, and judgement in daily living. The teaching artist was to become the catalyst in this educational revolution.
Sara Torres, Education Research Assistant, shares her research about the historical role of The Museum of Modern Art as a place for artists and educators to think together. This workshop will help you to think creatively about links to your curriculum and the ways in which you can tap into students’ life experiences while you explore works of art in the Museum’s galleries. We will collectively question the traditional assumption that education is peripheral to modern art.
Who: Middle school and high school art and humanities teachers
When: Thursday, June 6, 2019; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fee: $60 per person. Includes instruction, resources, Teacher Pass for unlimited admission to MoMA, and a 10% discount on educational materials at the MoMA Stores. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. Lunch is on your own.
Connecting Collections 2019
Summer Educator Institute
Learn techniques for analyzing and interpreting modern and contemporary art in New York City’s premier art museums. This summer institute for educators of grades 3–12 (all subject areas) is cohosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Participants will learn and apply object-based teaching strategies; build confidence incorporating modern and contemporary art into lesson plans; and utilize great works of art as the basis for interdisciplinary investigations.
Who: Teachers of grades 3–12 (all subject areas) are welcome to apply. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants
When: Monday, July 8–Friday, July 12, 2019; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily
Fee: $25 registration; $475 tuition. Includes instruction, curriculum materials, and lunch each day (please note that we cannot accommodate kosher meals or other similar dietary restrictions). Full payment will be due after notification of acceptance into the program.
Sound amplification available
Half-Day Professional Development Workshops
Let MoMA teach you how to incorporate modern and contemporary art in your classroom. Our customized workshops introduce you to our educational approach, address themes and questions that arise in response to modern and contemporary art, and help you to think creatively about interdisciplinary links to your curriculum. Through in-gallery modeling, teachers will explore the content and context of works of art, and experience ways interactions with art support teaching and learning standards.
Who: Active K–12 teachers and/or administrators, librarians, and curriculum specialists. A minimum of 10 teachers is required. This is not a drop-in program for individual teachers.
When: Any point during the year, on weekdays only, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. or 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Fees: $30 per person. Includes instruction, resources, Teacher Pass for unlimited admission to MoMA, and a 10% discount on educational materials at the MoMA Stores.
Sound amplification available
MoMA offers online courses designed for K–12 classroom teachers and any other educators who want to learn about modern and contemporary art and develop their pedagogical skills: Art & Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom, Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art, and Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes. Visit Coursera to learn more.
Explore MoMA’s free online resources for teachers and students.
Whether you’re are a teacher, student, or lifelong learner, MoMA Learning is your destination for tools and strategies for engaging with modern and contemporary art. Download and customize slide shows, worksheets, and other resources for use in the classroom or for independent study.
The Online Collection
MoMA’s online collection includes many artists and objects from MoMA’s departments of Architecture and Design, Drawings, Painting and Sculpture, Photography, Prints and Illustrated Books, Film, and Media and Performance.
Destination Modern Art
Destination Modern Art is an online intergalactic journey: Travel to MoMA and MoMA PS1 with an alien creature! For kids ages five to eight.
Explore videos of how our educators teach with art objects
Gain insight on how to teach with MoMA’s collection
Contact Teacher Programs
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Generous support is provided by an endowment established by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation; The William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund; Mimi and Peter Haas Fund; and by the gift of Emmett S. and Jamie L. Watson.
Additional funding is provided by Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation, Turrell Fund, and the Annual Education Fund.