Expand your classroom to include the Gallery. Find ways to look closely at art, engage in conversations, and develop projects that encourage critical thinking. Bring your class once or collaborate on a multivisit program that connects the museum’s collection and your classroom curriculum.
Guided and Self-Guided K–12 Class Visits
School groups can explore the Gallery’s collection, buildings, and exhibitions on interactive guided class visits. Visits for K–12 students are led by the museum’s Gallery Teachers, Yale graduate students trained as museum educators. Class visits stress critical thinking, observation skills, and creative evaluation through close examination and discussion of works of art and meet Connecticut State Learning Standards. Classroom teachers are also welcome to bring their groups and lead self-guided visits.
Professional Development Opportunities
Teacher Leadership ProgramThe Teacher Leadership Program is a free program that meets from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month throughout the academic year. In this program, teachers explore innovative ways to connect their own interests in art, their curricula, and the Gallery’s collection.
Teacher Workshops and Staff Development WorkshopsTeachers and administrators may contact the Education Department if they wish to have a departmental, district, or personal professional-development day. We will work with you to connect the collection to your curriculum needs. Our workshops stress inquiry-based teaching, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills.
After-School Programs and Classes
Additional Resources for K–12 Educators
Nolen Center Library
The Nolen Center Library is the heart of the Gallery’s Nolen Center for Art and Education. The library houses a focused collection of books, exhibition catalogues, articles, documents, and databases related to the highlights of our museum, and it is open to all visitors. These holdings will be of interest to instructors planning to teach with our collections, as well as to students completing assignments at the Gallery. The library is open to all, with staff available to guide research and answer questions.
The Gallery welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its collection, buildings, programs, and services accessible to all audiences.