Schools & Teachers

Through the Denver Art Museum teachers can explore fresh ideas that enable them to inspires their students to be more creative and develop critical thinking skills. Our programs address 2009 Colorado Academic Standards and 21st Century Skills for ECE, elementary, and secondary classrooms. The museum’s world class collections offer vivid and often surprising evidence of cultures from a distant past as well as examples of human creativity from the Stone Age to the present.

Get information about school field trips, scholarships and bus funding, student showcases, and virtual classroom courses.

Explore the Denver Art Museum Creativity Resource for Teachers Website, Teacher Workshops at the Museum and Online Teacher Webinars sections below to learn more.

Be among the first to hear about the newest opportunities for teacher. Sign up for our free Teacher Art Mail e-newsletter by selecting School & Teacher Programs. Teachers also can buy discounted museum memberships, with several benefits including receiving a bi-monthly member newsletter about everything happening at the museum.

Denver Art Museum Creativity Resource for Teachers Website

Go to creativity.denverartmuseum.org.

With the world-class Denver Art Museum collection to share, the high-quality art images, adaptable lessons plans designed by teachers for teachers, resources about museum careers, and classroom showcases on Creativity Resource offer a rich and trustworthy source of tools that both inspire teachers and make it easy for them to meet educational standards in creative ways.

Wacky Kids

This website features do it yourself projects that teachers can print out for students and information about art works written for an elementary reading level. The emphasis is on art works from several different cultures: ancient Egypt, samurai Japan, imperial China, modern chair design, ancient Maya and Northwest Coast Indians.

Go to wackykids.denverartmuseum.org.

Teacher Workshops at the Museum

Come to the DAM for a unique experience of global cultures and creativity. Our workshops focus on critical thinking and problem-solving, 21st Century Skills and cultural awareness, and are tied to the Colorado Academic Standards for Visual Arts, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Graduate credit from Adams State College is available at an extra cost, and teachers will also receive a letter documenting their contact hours that they can submit to the Colorado Department of Education or their districts.

Check out a current listing of teacher workshops and get registration information. For early announcements of teacher workshops, sign up for the Art Mail for Teachers e-newsletter (select School & Teacher Programs).

Custom In-Service Workshops at the Museum

Schedule a unique experience for you and your fellow teachers and get CDE relicensure credit or salary advancement credit (depending on your district). We'll customize a program, which could include gallery and exhibition tours, teaching demos, discussion, workshops, and our Creativity Resource website. Topics could include world cultures, creativity, problem-solving skills, creative writing, museum careers, and more.

  • 10-60 teachers, $7 per teacher
  • Available at any time, length varies
  • To plan a custom workshop, e-mail Ellen Spangler at espangler@denverartmuseum.org.

Online Teacher Webinars

Join fellow teachers online for a learning opportunity that registrants can attend from any computer with internet access. Attend as a group or an individual at school or from home.

Webinars bring in experts for a 60-90 minute presentation that includes text, photographs, and videos as well as Q&A sessions and interactive components in the form of chat features and polls. Classroom resources are incorporated into webinars so that teachers can easily take ideas back to their classrooms. Webinars are inspired by the museum’s art and integrated with 21st Century Skills and Colorado Academic Standards.

Teachers will receive an electronic letter documenting participation in webinars that they can submit to the Colorado Department of Education or their districts.

Check out a current listing of online teacher webinars and get registration information. For early announcements of teacher workshops, sign up for the Art Mail for Teachers e-newsletter (select School & Teacher Programs).

 

 

Support for DAM School & Teacher Programs: School programs are supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, the Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, Jim Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Additional support is provided by the Harry L. Willett Foundation, Xcel Energy Foundation, and John Trueblood.