Professional Development
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MAM’s education department offers in-person, offsite, and virtual professional development workshops for K-12 educators. Our teacher workshops combine inquiry-based discussion strategies to foster conversations about arts, skill-building and idea-exchange in different artistic media, and thematic engagement across the art, science, social studies, and ELA curriculum. In-person and virtual workshops include a tour of the galleries followed by an art-making workshop with a teaching artist.

“One of the best studio workshops I’ve attended. Presenter and teaching artist were excellent, knowledgeable, and personable.”

-Jersey City teacher

Booking a program

To schedule a teacher workshop or for additional information, please email [email protected].  


In person teacher workshops: $500 for a 3 hour half-day workshop, $1,000 for a 6 hour full-day workshop

Offsite teacher workshops: $500 for a 2 hour workshop, $150 each additional hour

Virtual teacher workshops: $225 for a 2 hour workshop, $100 each additional hour

Gallery tour in the Rotunda
Workshop Topics

Alcohol Ink
In-person or offsite
Educators experiment with this exciting, unpredictable and addicting medium. Learn easy steps to paint and control alcohol inks, creating beautiful and spontaneous paintings your students will love.


Art x Math = Creativity Multiplied
In-person, offsite, or virtual
Artists and mathematicians use their own unique languages to understand the world around them. This workshop explores the intersection of art and math through geometry, pattern, symmetry, and more.


Art Forms and Patterns in Nature
In-person or offsite
Educators explore the beauty, design, and function of branching patterns, Fibonacci spiral forms, and symmetry in nature through observing natural specimens provided by the instructor, and related art-making projects are introduced. Cross-discipline connections between science, art, design, and math are covered, as well as between the natural and human-made world.


Art of Indigenous North America
In-person, offsite, or virtual
MAM’s acclaimed collection of Native American art spans time and space, ranging from pre-contact pottery clay pots to contemporary art, from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Plains and the Southwest. This workshop provides K-12 curriculum connections and explores a variety of mediums, techniques, and connections to contemporary Indigenous artists.


Celebrating Many Voices
Virtual or in-person
In this workshop, we will discuss how to bring anti-racism into the art classroom through observation and dialogue about artwork in the collection that connects with issues of social justice. Teachers will be introduced to established and emerging artists in the collection who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and/or are part of the LGBTQ+ community.


Eco Art
In-person, offsite, or virtual
This workshop will help teachers infuse lessons on sustainability and climate change in the art classroom. Learn techniques on making art using recycled materials.


Exploration in Printmaking
In-person or offsite
Educators will be exposed to a variety of printmaking techniques that may include monotype, linoleum, woodcut, collagraph, and/or screen printing in this workshop, with tips for best practices in the K-12 classroom.


Hand-Built Ceramics: Building Your Repertoire
In-person, offsite, or virtual
Artist-led ceramics workshops are offered to develop a range of functional and decorative ceramic projects that teachers can adapt for the classrooms.


Handmade Books
In-person, offsite, or virtual
This workshop allows educators to explore a variety of methods for creating handmade artist books as three-dimensional artworks.

Indian Hand Carved Block Printing
In-person or offsite
A fiber artist will guide educators in a fun and simple dye and print technique using hand-carved wooden blocks imported from India on pure silk scarves.


Life Drawing
In-person or offsite
Hands-on life drawing workshops with a model are facilitated by a seasoned art educator who will teach techniques and share best practices for drawing the figure in a range of poses.


Raku Firing
In-person or offsite
Teachers are invited to explore the concept of post-fire reduction known as Raku. Learn techniques such as traditional Raku, tinfoil sagger, horsehair embellishment, and slip resist. Educators are required to bring bisque-fired pieces to glaze and fire during the workshop. Weather permitting. Additional fees apply.


In-person or offsite
Educators will be introduced to shibori, the Japanese art of tie-dyeing using indigo ink. An experienced fiber artist will demonstrate how to achieve different patterns using different tying methods and props. Weather permitting.


Silk Painting
In-person or offsite
Educators will explore methods of creating artwork directly on silk by drawing a design with Gutta paint on stretched silk, then using silk paint to fill in with vivid colors.


Soft Pastels
In-person, offsite, or virtual
Educators will create rich, luminous paintings and drawings with the pure, vibrant color of soft pastel.


Team Sculpture
In-person or offsite
Explore using large-scale sculptural projects for working across grade levels, inspiring team-building, and arriving at a large collaborative work that can be displayed at your school.


Writing from Art
In-person, offsite, or virtual
Teachers are invited to experiment with different discussion techniques that can set the stage for student engagement with works of art and spark their own creative responses through poetry, personal narratives, and writing prompts.


Zentangle: Meditative Drawing
In-person, offsite, or virtual
Educators create intricate, decorative drawings and learn how to transform their classrooms into a calm, meditative environment to help today’s stressed students unwind.


The Museum is a registered provider of NJ State Professional Development Credits, and teacher programs are designed to support curricular goals. The Vance Wall Art Education Center presents a wide variety of programs bringing artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum. For more lectures and artists talks offering professional development credits, please see Professional development credits are offered for all teacher workshops, adult studio classes, and workshops in the Yard School of Art.