Office of Arts & Special Projects

Visual Arts

Professional Development

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Citywide PD Series


Teaching Visual Arts as a Reflective Craft


Eligibility: Assigned teachers of visual arts, grades PreK-12

Dates: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Monday, January 29, 2018 | Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: TBA

Cost: FREE!


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Teaching art is a reflective craft. We continually take stock of our pedagogical beliefs and practices, and integrate new ideas into the art room.*


Throughout this three-part series teachers:


  • Work as agents of change, diversifying repertoire to address students' varied backgrounds, and to introduce them to a broad variety of artists and cultures to draw upon for inspiration
  • Approach sketchbooks as visual autobiographies, mining them for personal meaning and art making
  • Pursue and document exploration of a genuine interest related to, and enriching practice


Teachers expand the range of artists and cultures they bring into their classrooms, develop new ways of using sketchbooks with students, increase their ability to teach in a museum setting, and recognize how authentic interest-based exploration leads to more effective teaching.


*Kathy Unrath and Carrie Nordland in Translations: From Theory to Practice, NAEA Publication






Short Courses


"I've Always Wanted to Learn More About..." Towards a More Inclusive Classroom


Session I: Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Whitney Museum of American Art


Session II: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Museum of Modern Art


Session III: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Studio Museum in Harlem


Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Eligibility: All assigned teachers of Visual Arts, Grades PreK-12

Cost: FREE!


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Beginning with the statement "I've always wanted to learn more about..." teachers engage in an exploration around a genuine interest that relates to the content they bring to their students. Is there one artist, a group of artists, a culture, or art movement that you find particularly interesting, or even challenging? Have you wanted pursue this interest, but could never find the time? Through the format of a narrative, or a short paper based on their investigation, art educators develop their interests within a small learning community.


All sessions are held in art museums. Participants have the option to present the results of their explorations to peers during the January citywide professional learning event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



The Art of the Picture Book in Elementary and Secondary Arts Instruction


Location: TBA

Eligibility: All assigned teachers of Visual Arts, Grades PreK-12

Dates: Friday, March 16, 2018 | Friday, April 27, 2018 | Friday, May 25, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE!


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Art educators meet for three full days during the spring semester in museum settings to explore how the art in exemplary picture books can inform and enhance their students' work in collage, drawing, and mixed-media. Teachers engage in artmaking during each workshop. Emphasis is on deepening students' imaginative capacities and their awareness of the power of art to inform and to influence opinion.






P.S. Art 2018 Professional Development Workshop


Considering the Qualities of Exemplary Student Artwork


Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dates: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Eligibility: This workshop is open to new teachers and teachers who for the past several years have submitted student work to P.S. Art that has advanced only to the semi-final round of judging


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To support teachers who will be entering work into PS Art 2018, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 there will be a FREE full-day of professional development at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This event will focus on looking at, analyzing, and discussing sample student artwork PreK-12. Participants working with teams of NYCDOE art educators and teaching artists from Studio in a School will engage in collegial, lively and informative dialogues around the qualities of exemplary artwork.


There will be ample time for exploring museum galleries. This workshop is a collaboration between the Office of Arts and Special Projects and Studio in a School who most generously is funding this event.



Office of Arts & Special Projects