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

FREE PD Opportunity in Support of P.S. Art 2015
P.S. Art: More than a competition…an opportunity to expand our visual arts community
Registration Deadline: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 5:00PM.

On Wednesday, January 7th, there will be a FREE full-day of professional development at a major art institution.  This event will focus on looking at, analyzing, and discussing sample student artwork Pre K – 12. 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 is most generously funding this event.

Eligibility:  To be eligible to register, teachers must fall into one of these categories:     

1. Those who never submitted work into P.S. Art
2. Past contributors to P.S. Art whose students’ work only reached the semi-finals, and
     thus was never exhibited in the P.S. Art exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
3. New visual arts teachers

Date:                          Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Location:                  Sent with confirmation of registration
Time:                         8:30AM – 3:00PM
Fee:                            This is a free event
Registration:            Click here to register

Click here for more information on P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.

Ongoing Workshop Series

Professional LEarning for Teachers of the Arts: Teacher Effectiveness

Registration closed.

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
Online Registration

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.

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.

2014-2015 Short Courses


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