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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

Educator Workshop: The Poster Project
Nov 30 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Kuna artist, Child’s Mola Shirt, ca. 1970, Cotton and synthetic fabric, 20 x 23 inches, Gift of an anonymous donor, 2016.3.1
Kuna artist, Child’s Mola Shirt, ca. 1970, Cotton and synthetic fabric, 20 x 23 inches, Gift of an anonymous donor, 2016.3.1

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)