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Educator Professional Development
Tacoma Art Museum’s educator programs allow teachers to:
  • Learn how to integrate the teaching and assessment of visual arts into subject areas such as language arts, social studies, math, and science
  • Discover ways in which object-based learning enhances higher-order thinking skills, including creativity, persistence, craftsmanship, and problem solving
  • Practice interpreting artwork
  • Take part in hands-on studio art lessons
  • Leave with examples for the classroom, lesson plans, assessment tools, and additional resources for creating supplementary lessons

Clock hours are available for all professional development workshops and many other public programs.

 Educator Professional Development

Adult Summer Camp
Summer Camp isn't just for kids!

Treat yourself to an art moment with an Adult Summer Camp at Tacoma Art Museum. These unique classes are open to all adults and are designed with educators in mind so they can bring exciting art activities and lessons into the classroom.

Each Summer Camp is three hours long and includes a presentation and two art making activities. Clock hours are available for educators. Cost: $35 ($25 for members) To register, click on the camps below.

The Art and Science of Glass
Wednesday, July 2, 10 am
Explore the history and science of glass as we learn about Tacoma native and world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, his unique Northwest connection, and the technical process of creating glass artwork. Try your hand at glass fusing project and also make window clings, an activity that can easily be taught in the classroom.

Exploring the Northwest Landscape
Wednesday, July 2, 1:30 pm 
Examine the vibrant landscapes that make the Pacific Northwest unique and enjoy a historic walking tour of downtown Tacoma while journaling your experience. Afterward, learn basic watercolor techniques and color mixing in a hands-on workshop as you create your own Northwest landscape.

Portrait and Identity
Thursday, July 3, 10 am
Get an inside look at portraiture and few of the most famous portraits Tacoma Art Museum’s collection. Learn how to use Visual Thinking Strategies to examine what you see in the artwork and then write about your identity before creating your own unique portrait.

Using Math in Art
Thursday, July 3, 1:30 pm
Explore simple ways to use math skills in making art. Examine two- and three-dimensional artworks and discuss related math principles that can be shared in the classroom before using that math to make several two- and three-dimensional mixed media art projects.

Educator Night at the Museum
Hosted by LeMay America’s Car Museum
Thursday, October 2, Open House, 5:30–8 pm

This annual, free event is an exciting opportunity for area educators to relax and mingle while learning about the programs offered in the South Sound area. Discover engaging, innovative, and standards-based resources from more than 30 local community, arts, cultural, and science organizations! Bring your own bag to take home goodies. Please RSVP by Monday, September 24, 2014 at Education@LeMayMuseum.org. (Clock hours are not available.)
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School Group Tours are generously supported by US Bancorp Foundation, The Safeco Insurance Foundation, The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation, Wheeler Charitable Trust, William Kilworth Foundation, and The Marco J. Heidner Foundation.

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