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Teacher Training Programs and Resources for Public Schools

A four year grant was awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in support of art education initiatives and professional development programs for elementary and secondary school educators.

Teacher workshops introduce participants to works of art in the Museum’s collection and explore related interdisciplinary teaching methods. Collection-based resource kits provide K-12 teachers in all disciplines with reliable materials about the visual arts and enable them to integrate the study of a single work of art into their curriculum, to prepare a class for a visit to the Metropolitan, or to develop a comprehensive unit of study utilizing a group of objects.

One complimentary copy of each resource is available to every New York City public school upon request. The resource kits can be freely borrowed from the Museum’s library or downloaded from the Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org.

Face to Face: Comparing Portraits
An online interactive workshop for elementary school teachers


This two-week online interactive forum helped elementary school teachers explore the Met’s resources for educators. Participants discussed portraits from various collection areas by viewing objects on the Museum’s website and the Timeline of Art History, and then created cross-cultural comparisons intended to spark stimulating conversations, art projects, and writing activities with students. Through online discussion and exploration, small group projects, reflective blog entries, as well as hands-on, self-paced artmaking, participants were encouraged to challenge and expand their definitions of portraiture while incorporating Museum resources into their classroom curriculum.

Teachers of grades K-6 as well as elementary art teachers from all geographic areas were encouraged to apply. At the conclusion of the course, participants received a free admission pass to visit the Museum on their own to experience the original works of art in person. Participants also received additional resources both online and by mail, as well as a certificate of completion for 15 contact hours if they wished to obtain professional development credit with their local school district.


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