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K–12 Educators

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. All groups must register at least three weeks in advance, and acceptance of your reservation request is based on gallery availability.

Guided and Self-Guided Visits for School and Youth Groups

Visits for School and Youth Groups

School and youth groups can explore the Gallery’s collection, buildings, and exhibitions on interactive visits. Guided visits are led by the museum’s Gallery Teachers, Yale graduate students trained as museum educators. Classroom teachers and group leaders are also welcome to lead self-guided visits, based on availability. Tours stress critical thinking, observation skills, and creative evaluation through close examination and discussion of works of art and meet Connecticut State Learning Standards. All groups of ten or more must register at least three weeks in advance. Acceptance of your reservation request is based on availability. Groups who show proof of registration at the Information Desk will have priority in the galleries. Unregistered groups may be asked to return at a later time. This policy is designed to provide a pleasurable learning experience for everyone, and to ensure the safety and security of both museum visitors and art objects.

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Professional Development Opportunities

The Gallery offers professional-development opportunities for teachers of all subject areas and grade levels interested in integrating art into their curriculum. You are welcome to join our Teacher Leadership Program or design your own professional-development day or workshop. For more information, contact the Education Department at yuag.education@yale.edu.

Teacher Leadership Program
The Teacher Leadership Program is a free program that meets from 4:00 to 5:30 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 Workshops
Teachers 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

After-school programming is available to community groups, schools, and families that wish to come to the museum outside scheduled school hours. These programs are tailored to the interests of the group and can include a studio component. If you are interested in bringing a group, please fill out a registration form. If you are interested in developing a series of visits, please contact the Education Department at yuag.education@yale.edu.

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.

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The Gallery welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its collection, buildings, programs, and services accessible to all audiences.

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