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Professional Development

Workshops and lectures support integrating the arts into your teaching across disciplines and grade levels. Programs are free of charge and offer Professional Development Units (PDUs). All educators are welcome, K-12 through college as well as independent and nonprofit-based.

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Teacher Advisory Council

The Teacher Advisory Council includes educators across disciplines and grade levels (kindergarten through college). Council members collaborate with Education staff to promote meaningful student and teacher engagement with the Museum and to support arts integration across the curriculum. The Council meets four times each year. Members serve two-year terms.

The Education Department is not accepting applications to join the Teacher Advisory Council at this time. Please check back in May 2018 for application forms for the 2018–2020 term. Contact Hana Layson, Manager of School and Educator Programs, with questions.

2017-2018 Council Members (PDF)

Educator Membership Discount

The Museum is proud to offer educators discounts on all membership levels from Individual through Patron Society: 15% discount for one year or 30% discount for two years. Available online only. Please use the discount code EDU15 or EDU30. Proof of educator status may be requested at entry.

College Creative License

College students can purchase the College Creative License online for $20 and enjoy one year of admission to Museum exhibitions and programs, discounts to the Northwest Film Center, and more. Faculty may purchase College Creative Licenses in bulk by sending students’ first and last names, email addresses, and zip codes to Hana Layson.

Teachers in Training

Museum staff and docents lead programs for undergraduate and graduate classes to help future Oregon teachers integrate the Museum and the visual arts into their teaching. Please contact Hana Layson for more information.

Museum to You

Bring docents to your classroom for lively, in-depth arts engagement in advance of a Museum tour. Limited spaces available. Questions? Please contact Gabriella Linquist for more information.

Museum to You classroom visits have filled for the 2016-2017 school year. Fall 2017 Museum to You visits will be available to schedule after September 1.

Teen Programs

The Mythos Challenge is a Game Competition, Youth Council, and Workshop Series which  aims to inspire youth to create with modern technology and to connect with community.

Alternative Identities Youth Event: The Portland Art Museum hosts an annual event for queer youth and members of Gay-Straight Alliances throughout the metro area. See films made by Northwest teens, visit the galleries, dress up in the photo booth, make art, make friends, and have fun!


Upcoming Events

In Dialogue: Artist as Citizen @ Trustee Room, Mark Building
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
unknown photographer, Untitled (Snapshot of Four People Playing Up for the Camera), ca. 1945, gelatin silver print, Gift of Peter J. Cohen, no known copyright restrictions, 2017.26.4
unknown photographer, Untitled (Snapshot of Four People Playing Up for the Camera), ca. 1945, gelatin silver print, Gift of Peter J. Cohen, no known copyright restrictions, 2017.26.4

In Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. During the 2017–18 program year, we will investigate the idea of artist as citizen. How do artists participate in our social and political world through their artwork? Taking inspiration from Associate Professor of Music Darrell Grant and other PSU faculty, we will consider how “artists from a variety of disciplines intersect with institutions, social movements, and power structures; engage with communities; and connect with place.” The October seminar will address the special exhibition Representing: Vernacular Photographs of, by, and for African Americans (July 29 – December 3, 2017).

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Evening for Educators: The Wyeths and American Art @ Museum Galleries and Fields Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building
Oct 17 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Jamie Wyeth (American, born 1946), The Tempest, A Triptych, 1999, watercolor, gouache, and varnish highlights on gray archival board, Bank of America Collection.
Jamie Wyeth (American, born 1946), The Tempest, A Triptych, 1999, watercolor, gouache, and varnish highlights on gray archival board, Bank of America Collection.

Discover the art of the Wyeths, one of America’s foremost artistic families. This fascinating exhibition features work by Andrew Wyeth, his father, his sister, and his son, spanning the golden age of illustration to mid-century portraiture. What do works by three generations of Wyeths tell us about the evolution of American art across the twentieth century? How do works by the Wyeths, with their close identification with New England, compare to Northwest art, such as the works featured in Picturing Oregon? Join us for a lively presentation, discussion, and tours.

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Meet at Hoffman Entrance to Museum to tour The Wyeths, Picturing Oregon, and related exhibitions
6:15 – 6:30 p.m. Transition to Sunken Ballroom
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lecture and discussion

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Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference
Oct 22 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Windows and Mirrors: Mindfulness and Empathy through Art

Art museums can be places for solitude and contemplation. They are also spaces for encountering difference and dialogue. Educators, such as Susan Harris MacKay, employ the metaphor of windows and mirrors to suggest how some works of art provide insight into experiences that are different from our own, while others seem to reflect our own experiences back to us. Taking this metaphor as our starting point, Portland Art Museum staff and docents will facilitate an exploration of mindfulness and empathy through visual art. The workshop will include guided meditation as well as sketching, writing, and conversation in the galleries.

To register for the conference, please visit the website.

Questions about this session? Please contact Hana Layson.

Evening for Educators: Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA @ Fields Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building
Nov 9 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
The Boxtrolls (Film Still), A band of gurgling Boxtrolls. THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC
The Boxtrolls (Film Still)
A band of gurgling Boxtrolls.

Founded in 2005, LAIKA has grown to occupy a unique and distinctive place in American cinema by continuously expanding the boundaries of the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. LAIKA is a community of storytellers, artists, inventors, technicians, and craftspeople from around the world, committed to fusing filmmaking’s state-of-the-art technologies with a handmade animation tradition as old as film itself. Dive into their creative process and make connections to your students’ learning during an evening with LAIKA educators and artists.

5:15 p.m. Refreshments in the Sunken Ballroom
5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Presentation by LAIKA
6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Explore the exhibition

Presented in conjunction with Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, on view October 14, 2017 through May 20, 2018.

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Educator Workshop: The Poster Project @ Marion Miller Gallery, Mark Building
Nov 30 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Bridging the Museum and the Classroom

With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum has expanded the popular Poster Project and created eight, new, free posters this fall. Posters feature art across the Museum’s permanent collection by artists from Argentina, Syria, India, Oregon, and beyond. Join us for this workshop: Deepen your knowledge of the original works. Make connections to school tours. Learn strategies for teaching writing, science, critical thinking, and more through art. Take away activities, lessons, and posters—available free to all educators.

5:15 p.m. Refreshments in the Miller Gallery
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Teacher-led workshops
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Discussion in the galleries

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Educator and Student Programs Fall 2017 (PDF)