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 Workshop in support of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking COMPETITION: Creating Picture Books Inspired by History

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eligibility Librarians and teachers of the Visual Arts, Social Studies, and English, Grades 3 through 12, committed to having students enter the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition
Dates Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cost FREE!
Maximum Enrollment 60 Participants
Online Registration

Please click here for more information on the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition and for the competition guidelines.

This full-day workshop will include resources, guided gallery tours for all educators, and a presentation by noted author Pat Cummings. Detailed information will be sent with confirmation.

NOTE: To participate in this full-day workshop, both librarian/teacher and principal must sign an agreement of commitment stating that the school will enter one student-created picture book into the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. Once registered, the agreement of commitment will be sent to participants with their workshop confirmation. This signed agreement is required for admission to the workshop.

For more information, please contact Karen Rosner at 212-356-8569 or e-mail

Professional LEarning for Teachers of the Arts: Teacher Effectiveness

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2014

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

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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
Online Registration

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.

2013-2014 Short Courses


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