Teaching Resources

In addition to working with many courses in the History of Art and the School of Art, the Gallery is committed to forming relationships with a wide range of departments and programs across the Yale community. Curators work with faculty to select objects, and they can consult on crafting assignments using the collection or teaching in the Gallery, as well as provide specialized pedagogical training for your teaching fellows.

Collection Resources for Faculty and Teaching Fellows

Édouard Manet, Reclining Young Woman in Spanish Costume, 1862–63. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903

The Yale University Art Gallery’s collection includes more than 200,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present. The encyclopedic scope of the collection allows connections to be made between the Gallery’s objects and areas of study across the Yale University campus. Faculty and teaching fellows are encouraged to incorporate sessions at the Gallery into their courses. Curators are available to advise you on selecting objects and teaching with the collection. Much of the Gallery’s collection is available on the museum’s website. To search the collection, visit artgallery.yale.edu/collection/search. Here you will find objects relevant to your teaching needs and images that can be downloaded for classroom teaching and student projects.

In addition to the permanent-collection installations and special exhibitions on view in our galleries, the Gallery also provides several spaces dedicated to teaching with original works of art. The James E. Duffy Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs contains over 35,000 works of art on paper. The Furniture Study is a working library of over 1,000 examples of American furniture and wooden objects. The Coin Room holds over 100,000 coins, medals, and examples of paper currency. All three collections are available for individual study or class sessions by appointment. As a unique benefit to Yale courses, four object-study classrooms are available to Yale faculty and teaching fellows who wish to teach with works of art from the Gallery’s collection that are not currently on view.

Scheduling a Course Visit to the Gallery

Please contact us as far in advance as possible to schedule class and section visits. This enables us to reserve a date, time, and gallery space(s) for your group. To bring your class to study works on view, please contact us at least two weeks in advance of your preferred class visit date. If you are interested in teaching in an object-study classroom (OSC), please contact the Education Department two months in advance of your session date.

To learn more about teaching with the collection, or to schedule a course visit to the galleries or the Object Study Classroom, contact David Odo at david.odo@yale.edu or 203.432.9162.

To schedule a course visit to the Duffy Study Room, contact Lucy Gellman at lucy.gellman@yale.edu or 203.432.8124. To schedule a course visit to the Furniture Study, contact Eric Litke at eric.litke@yale.edu or 203.432.0632.

To schedule a course visit to the Coin Room, contact Jane Miller at jane.miller@yale.edu or 203.432.1801.

To learn more about a specific collection, check our website or contact the curatorial department directly:

 
African Art

203.432.9426
elizabeth.solak@yale.edu

American Decorative Arts

203.432.0615
nancy.yates@yale.edu

American Paintings and Sculpture

203.432.0616
janet.m.miller@yale.edu

Ancient Art

203.432.0613
megan.doyon@yale.edu

Asian Art

203.432.0629
ami.potter@yale.edu

Coins and Medals

203.432.1801
jane.miller@yale.edu

Conservation

203.432.7815
elizabeth.godcher@yale.edu

European Art

203.432.2130
m.lynch@yale.edu

Indo-Pacific Art

203.432.3462
benjamin.diebold@yale.edu

Modern and Contemporary Art

203.432.0612
cathleen.chaffee@yale.edu

Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

203.432.0628
suzannne.greenawalt@yale.edu

Visiting the Gallery

When visiting the Gallery, please ask your students to follow these important museum guidelines:

Deposit backpacks, large bags, coats, and umbrellas in the locker area. Lockers require a quarter deposit, which will be returned when you remove your items. Food and drink are not permitted in the Gallery. Portable gallery stools are available in the lobby. Restrooms and lockers are located on the first and ground floors.

We ask that all visitors use pencils for notetaking and sketching. Pens and markers are not permitted. Maintain a safe distance from the artwork. Care should be taken not to brush against objects with bodies, coats, notebooks, bags, etc., nor should anyone lean against the cases, pedestals, or walls.

We ask that you and your students do not gesture toward a work of art with a pencil, or any other object. Keep hand gestures directing any reading of the object at a clear distance from the work itself.

Finally, if you need immediate assistance, alert a security guard. The guards on each floor are there to ensure the safety of the artwork, as well as to assist you and your group should you have any questions or difficulties.

Gallery Hours and Location

Hours

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday until 8:00 pm during the academic year
Saturday–Sunday 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Closed on Mondays and major holidays

Location

1111 Chapel Street at York
An entrance for persons using wheelchairs is located at 1111 Chapel Street, with an unmetered parking space nearby on York Street. For more information, call 203.432.0606.

Contact

Education Department

John Balash
Senior Administrative Assistant
john.balash@yale.edu
 203.436.8827

Mailing Address

Yale University Art Gallery
P.O. Box 208271
New Haven, CT 06520-8271

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