School & Educator Programs | Montclair Art Museum
(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ
MAM offers programs and resources to introduce educators and teachers to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions and to offer techniques for integrating the study of art into the classroom. The programs and resources are designed to help teachers from all subject areas to find connections with the collections. The Museum is a registered provider of NJ State Professional Development Credits, and teacher programs are designed to support curriculum goals.
For the Classroom
School Tours and Field Trips

Gallery tours led by MAM docents and educators are available for visitors from preschool to college and beyond. Select a theme and format from MAM’s lists or contact us for a program tailored to fit the needs and interests of your particular group. You can also schedule a self-guided group visit, but reservations are required and general group visit guidelines apply.

School programs at MAM are aligned with the Common Core Standards as well as the goals laid out by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and promote literacy and evidential reasoning, content knowledge and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Learn more about school tours

Educator Guides

MAM Educator Guides are designed to provide teachers with questions, ideas, and materials for facilitating inquiry-based, open-ended dialogues with students of all ages. Taking artworks as their points of departure, they encourage conversations reaching into other subject areas, such as English and Social Studies, and encourage critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration. Lessons are written with middle-school students in mind but can easily be adjusted to the needs of older or younger learners. To request a hard copy of these guides, please email tours@montclairartmuseum.orgSee the Constructing Identity in America (1766–2017) Curriculum Guide here.
Art Truck
Montclair Art Museum is serving up art on the go! The MAM Art Truck is a mobile studio, housed in a retrofitted ice cream truck, that offers art projects and lessons to communities and schools. See the Art Truck Menu of Creations for more information.

Home School Programs

Home School Day

Homeschool Day (on the 3rd Thursday of the month, September–June) serves homeschool families and small homeschool co-op groups. Join us as we engage in hands-on art-making and investigative processes connected to art on view in the permanent collections and special exhibitions at the Montclair Art Museum. Learn more and purchase tickets via our event calendar.



For Your Students

Portfolio Review Day

Sunday, October 6, 12–4 p.m.


Calling all high school students interested in art school! Bring 12–20 pieces of original work and receive feedback on your visual art portfolios from college representatives and art school admissions officers.  Click to learn more and see all colleges attending.


Scholastic Art Awards: Northern New Jersey Region

2020 Submissions due by December 12

The Montclair Art Museum has served as the sole affiliate sponsor of the Scholastic Art Awards in New Jersey since 2009. MAM partners with the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to identify and recognize teenagers with exceptional artistic talent and offers opportunities to gain national recognition and scholarships for their work. Our area of service includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

Visit and our affiliate page or the FAQs for more information.


For You


33rd Annual Julia Norton Babson Lecture

MAM CONVERSATIONS: The Art of Visual Perception

Artist Larry Kagan and Yale University Psychology Professor Brian Scholl will discuss how we see and how we think

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.

All adult programs and classes at MAM offer Professional Development credit to educators. See MAM's full upcoming calendar for details.


Professional Development for Educators

The Montclair Art Museum’s educator 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. Teachers will be introduced to different discussion techniques that can set the stage for student engagement with works of art and spark their own creative responses. Workshops can take place either at MAM or at your location, and can be scheduled for a full day or half day.
Workshop Topics (all workshops are suitable for K-12 art educators)
Life Drawing
Hands-on life figure-drawing workshop with a model, facilitated by a seasoned artist educator who will teach techniques and share best practices for drawing the figure based on a range of poses.
Exploration in Printmaking
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.
Handmade Books
This workshop allows educators to explore a variety of methods for creating handmade artist books as a three-dimensional artwork.
Zentangle: Meditative Drawing
Educators create intricate, decorative drawings and learn how to transform their classroom into a calm, meditative environment to help today’s stressed out students unwind.
Alcohol Ink
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.
Indian Hand Craved Block Printing
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.
Silk Painting
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.
Handmade Folk Dolls
A seasoned educator will demonstrate how to create personalized folk dolls, and how to encourage students to share their personal stories through the process.
Native American Art
MAM’s acclaimed collection of Native American art spans time and space, ranging from prehistoric clay pots to contemporary creative expressions, from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Plains and the Southwest. This workshop provides K-12 curriculum connections and explores the materials and processes of traditional and contemporary Native American art.
Ceramics: Hand-Building your Project Repertoire
Artist-led ceramics workshop offers a range of project examples that teachers can adjust for use in their respective classroom environments.
Wheel Throwing
This workshop will provide focused instruction on the potter’s wheel. A ceramics instructor will begin with a demonstration, then give time for educators to work on individual projects. Onsite only, limited to 12 educators. Can be paired with Raku Firing workshop. (Onsite only, limited to 12 participants)
Raku Firing
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. Can be paired with Wheel Throwing workshop.
Digital Drawing
In the Museum’s upgraded digital media lab, educators will explore the fundamentals of digital drawing using a digital tablet, stylus pen, and the Adobe Creative Cloud. Teachers will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of analog and digital technologies. We will work with Adobe Photoshop on simple drawing methods that will lead you and your students to success. Teachers will learn how to transfer drawings to digital, draw on a digital tablet, and work from a scanned image. (Onsite only, limited to 15 participants)

Team Sculpture
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
This workshop takes works of art as a point of departure for a number of writing projects, ranging from verbal descriptions and personal responses to poetry and narrative forms by providing a number of different writing prompts.


Upcoming Events

  • 24Oct
  • MAM Conversations: The Art of Visual Perception, The 33rd Annual Julia Norton Babson Lecture
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  • 27Oct
  • Creating Small Treasures with Printmaking Workshop
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  • 27Oct
  • Parent/Child Ceramics Ages 9-12 Workshop
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