Professional Development in Visual Arts
PD Overview | Dance | Music | Theater | The Moving Image | Arts Teacher Effectiveness
Introduction To Visual Art Blueprint Professional Development
The Office of the Arts and Special Projects provides citywide professional development in the implementation of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. Central and regional professional development sessions are led by master teachers—outstanding public school arts teachers identified by the DOE—and teaching artists—professional artists from local cultural organizations. During these sessions, teachers explore the five Blueprint strands of arts education and learn strategies for lesson plan building and engaging children in the arts. Teachers participate in hands-on projects, allowing them to directly apply the lessons learned at training sessions to their classrooms.

2014-15 Visual Arts Professional Development

2014-2015 Short Course

exploring three themes in the history of art
Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Eligibility Visual Arts Educators Grades 5 - 12
Dates/Times & Locations

Friday, April 1, 2015 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at
The Museum of the City of New York

Friday, May 1, 2015 from Noon to 3:00pm at
The Museum of Modern Art

Friday, May 22 from Noon to 3:00pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cost Free!
Max. Enrollment 35 Participants
Online Registration

Each session in this three-part series will focus on a different era in the history of art.  Participants will work with Museum Educators, OASP staff and their fellow participants to discover new ways in which to involve students in art history as they engage in the process of making art.

Part of each session will include meeting museum staff, learning about museum resources, and visiting galleries.  Your registration confirmation will include necessary detailed information.

Please note that the first session at the Museum of the City of New York is a full day.


Ongoing Workshop Series

2014-2015 Citywide PD Series

THE ART OF TEACHING Visual Arts: IMPACTing arts teacher practice to improve student learning

Workshop is at maximum capacity.

Eligibility Assigned teachers of visual arts, grades PreK-12
Dates Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Cost FREE!
Maximum Enrollment 300 Participants
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details

Each session of this 3-part series of professional learning for visual arts teachers builds upon participants’ pedagogical knowledge, and engages them in paired and group activities that foster critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving.  The through-line for all sessions is to explore how adult learners best acquire content knowledge and skills, and then to consider what the implications are for how students are best taught.

Professional LEarning for Teachers of the Arts: Teacher Effectiveness

Please email if you are interested in joining the February workshop session.

Eligibility Assigned Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts Teachers, Grades PreK-12
Dates Bronx Series: October 20, December 8 and February 9
Manhattan Series: October 21, December 9 and February 10
Staten Island Series: October 27, December 11 and February 4
Brooklyn Series: October 28, December 10, February 11
Queens Series: October 29, December 4 and February 5
Time 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Cost FREE!
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details

This workshop series will implement a new social learning platform as well as offer targeted support grounded in standards-based instruction and quality teaching practices through the continued interaction with the Danielson Framework for Teaching and the Blueprint for Teaching in the Arts.

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