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.
School Tours


Led by MAM docents and educators, gallery tours are available for visitors from preschool to college and beyond. Select a theme from MAM’s list 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.

MAM invites students and teachers to:

  • look closely, find clues, and solve puzzles
  • become engaged with an artwork, through dialogue
  • discover connections between facts and feelings, art and life
  • be inspired to create their own stories and artworks
  • feel empowered to find their own voice at MAM

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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




Home School


The Montclair Art Museum offers a variety of Home School oriented programs.


Home School Day

3rd Thursday of the month, September through June, 12-2 p.m.

$6 per child for family-level members and above / $12 per child for nonmembers

Home School families are invited for a fun and educational afternoon, which includes a gallery tour and studio art project. New themes and projects each month. Children are divided into two age groups: 4–10 and 11+. Purchase tickets here.


Home School Art Class

Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

10 weeks, starting September 18 (ages 7+)

$150 family-level members and above per child/$170 nonmember per child

Advanced online registration required. Purchase tickets here.

Who am I? 

Join us on a journey of discovery to deepen the understanding of who we are. We will explore many different sides of identity through projects based around self-portraiture, thumbprints, word and image collages, sculpture, and more.  We will use a wide range of artistic media to delve into what makes us unique and individual.




Educator Events


Educators Evening

Wednesday, October 10, 4–7 p.m. 


Email to RSVP

Educators are invited to explore the historical context underlying the provocative artwork in the exhibition Kara Walker: Virginia’s Lynch Mob and Other Works with guest speaker David Schwartz, Senior Program Associate at Facing History and Ourselves. Enjoy light refreshments, a tour of the exhibition, and learn how MAM can be a valuable resource for you and your students.

Educators earn 3 hours of PD credit.


16th Annual Conversation on the Arts

Thursday, November 29, 7 p.m.

$12 members / $15 nonmembers / $5 seniors and students with ID

Join New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper and Shadowhouse, Daniel José Older, as he returns with the release of Dactyl Hill Squad: Rescue Run. This astounding first book in a new series blends history and fantasy like never before. A unique piece of historical fiction complete with a dynamic cast of diverse characters is Older’s debut series for young adults. As an author Older’s books reflect how people of color are heroes too and how diversity plays an important role throughout our lives today. Shadowshaper Cypher has earned starred reviews from the International Latino Book Award, and New York Times Notable Book and NPR Best Books of the Year picks, among other accolades. Book signing to follow in partnership with Watchung Booksellers.

Educators earn 2 hours of PD credit.


Select additional Museum programs also offer Professional Development credit to educators. See MAM's full upcoming calendar for details.




Professional Development Workshops for Educators


MAM’s education department offers half or full-day staff development for K-12 teachers. 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 literacy curriculum. Learn more.






To schedule a teacher workshop or for additional information, please contact Noaa Stoler, Assistant Director of K-12 Learning & Gallery Interpretation, at 973-259-5157 or


For more information, please contact:
Petra Pankow, Director of Education, 973-259-5157,