Educator Programs

For education professionals and students

Professional Development

The Nelson-Atkins offers sessions and workshops that introduce teachers to museum resources, familiarize them with object-based learning, and inspire them to bring the exploration of works of art back to their classrooms.

Sessions are available Wed-Fri for groups of up to 40 educators. Off-site sessions available by request.

Linking Language and Art (K-5)
Art, Literacy, and Critical Thinking (2-12)
Visual Art Through a Social Studies Lens (6-12)

Please contact the ERC for more information.

Student Programs

Thinking Through Art
The museum partners with Title I elementary and secondary schools in the Kansas City area to provide year-long, classroom-based lessons.

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Homeschool Groups
A variety of opportunities for homeschool groups are provided to explore and integrate the rich resources available at the museum into the curriculum.

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Design Challenge
Design Challenge is an opportunity for high school students to design a product for use within the museum.

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Teacher Workshops

Join fellow educators in exploring the museum’s collections, learning how to connect art with your curriculum, and picking up resources to engage students in close looking and critical thinking.

Registration is $5, which includes garage parking. Workshops are 5-7 pm.

2018-2019 Workshops:

Art + Design
Sep 13 | Register
Explore the design process and its applications for creativity and critical thinking.

Art + Politics
Nov 1 | Register
Explore the exhibition Napoleon: Power and Splendor.

Art + Identity
Feb 7 | Register
Explore identity using portraits from a variety of periods and places.

Art + Imagination
March 7 |  Register
Examine how artists use their imaginations to create new worlds.