Professional Development
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MAM’s education department offers 2-hour virtual staff development workshops for K-12 educators. Our teacher workshops combine inquiry-based discussion strategies to foster conversations about arts, skill-building and idea-exchange in different artistic media, and thematic engagement across the art, science, social studies, and ELA curriculum. Most workshops include a virtual tour of the galleries followed by an art-making workshop with a teaching artist.
Booking a program

To schedule a teacher workshop or for additional information, please email [email protected]  


$225 for a 2-hour virtual workshop, teachers source their own supplies

$275 for a 2-hour virtual workshop with art supplies provided

A group participating in an online program at MAM.
Workshop Topics

Art of Native North America

MAM’s acclaimed collection of Native American art spans time and space, ranging from prehistoric clay pots to contemporary art, from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Plains and the Southwest. This workshop provides K-12 curriculum connections and explores such themes as tradition vs. innovation, functional objects vs. “fine art,” and storytelling through art. 


Celebrating Many Voices

In this workshop, we will discuss how to bring anti-racism into the art classroom through observation and dialogue about artwork that touches on issues of race and social justice. Teachers will be introduced to established and emerging artists in the collection who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. 


Eco Art

This workshop will help teachers infuse lessons on sustainability and climate change in the art classroom. Learn techniques on making animal art using recycled materials inspired by the artist Federico Uribe.


Exploration in Printmaking

Educators will be exposed to a variety of printmaking techniques that may include monotype, linoleum, woodcut, collagraph, and/or screen printing in this workshop, with tips for best practices in the K-12 classroom.


Hand-Built Ceramics: Building Your Repertoire 

Artist-led ceramics workshop are offered to develop a range of functional and decorative ceramic projects that teachers can adapt for the classrooms. 


Handmade Books

This workshop allows educators to explore a variety of methods for creating handmade artist books as a three-dimensional artwork.


Life Drawing, Virtually

Hands-on life drawing workshops with a model are facilitated by a seasoned art educator who will teach techniques and share best practices for drawing the figure in a range of poses. 


Writing from Art

Teachers are invited to experiment with different discussion techniques that can set the stage for student engagement with works of art and spark their own creative responses through poetry, personal narratives, and writing prompts.


Zentangle: Meditative Drawing

Educators create intricate, decorative drawings and learn how to transform their classroom into a calm, meditative environment to help today’s stressed students unwind.


The Museum is a registered provider of NJ State Professional Development Credits, and teacher programs are designed to support curricular goals. The Vance Wall Art Education Center presents a wide variety of programs bringing artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum. For more lectures and artists talks offering professional development credits, please see Professional development credits are offered for all teacher workshops, adult studio classes, and workshops in the Yard School of Art.