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Education

Professional Development Workshops

Teacher Workshop.


Designed for classroom teachers, these sessions bring the museum collection to life for use in your classroom. Educational materials and refreshments are provided at each session.


In addition to our scheduled onsite workshops, we are able to accommodate groups for customized in-service days, or offer a workshop anywhere via real-time videoconference. For more information, send an email to AmericanArtEducation@si.edu.


Hispanic Heritage Month: Understanding the American Experience
Presented with the National Portrait Gallery
October 14, 2017
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Rufino Tamayo's Hands

Rufino Tamayo's Hands

No matter what subject you teach—social studies, English, Spanish, or visual arts—learn and practice techniques to use art and portraiture by Latino artists or of Latino figures to add nuance and depth to your students’ understanding of our collective American history.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 for registered participants. Registration will open in August.


Craft Connections: Art, History & Culture
October 25, 2017
5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


FreelandBuck's Parallax Gap

FreelandBuck's Parallax Gap

Join us at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery to examine, contextualize, reason, connect, and extrapolate! Explore craft’s history of tradition and innovation and examine how craft artists leverage their skills to address the events and culture of the 21st Century.


Location: Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon


Fee: $10 for registered participants. Registration will open in August.


Beyond the Mainstream: Self-taught Artists and the Role of Creativity (RESCHEDULED)
Presented with the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
November 7, 2017
4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


Purvis Young's Struggle

Purvis Young's Struggle

The mainstream art world amplifies certain artists’ voices, helping shape our understanding of American culture. The self-taught artists featured in SAAM’s collection have historically been excluded from this cultural narrative. Working apart from the mainstream, these artists make art that often shares a personal story and may serve as the only voice they have in the larger world. Their work acts as a lasting record of the struggles and achievements of a diverse public and a testament to the power of creativity. View this collection and pause to enjoy refreshments in the Museum’s beautiful, covered Kogod Courtyard.


Fee: $25 (includes reception). Check back to register.




Craft Connections: Creative Expression
November 16, 2017
5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


Join us at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery to communicate, create, and get inspired! Just like literature, craft tells stories, communicates complex ideas, and supports critical analysis. Learn how to use contemporary craft to provoke inquiry and spark creative writing.


Location: Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon


Fee: $10 for registered participants. Registration will open in August.





Then and Now: Native Voices in American History
Presented with the National Museum of the American Indian
December 9, 2017
9:30a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Jaune Quick-To-See Smith's State Names

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith’s State Names

What learning opportunities arise when we add complexity to “the story” of westward expansion? How can Native perspectives and contemporary events engage student historians-in-training? Leave with strategies and resources that will help you add depth and breadth to your teaching and inspire inquiry in the classroom.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 for registered participants. Registration will open in August.


Art and Portraiture: Seeds for Storytelling
Presented with the National Portrait Gallery
January 20, 2018
9:30a.m.–2:30 p.m.


Edward Hopper's Cape Cod Morning

Edward Hopper's Cape Cod Morning

Harness the power of descriptive language. Challenge yourself (and your students) to step inside artworks, harvesting ideas for a world of your own devising, rendered in evocative words and compelling narrative. Be inspired to connect art and portraiture to character, plot, and setting in your classroom instruction.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 for registered participants. Registration will open in August.


Civil Rights: A Commemoration of Dr. King
March 17, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Merchie Frazier's From a Birmingham Jail

L’Merchie Frazier's From a Birmingham Jail: MLK

April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join colleagues in contemplation and discussion of works that bear the legacy of Dr. King into the future and practice strategies that bring the complexity of the civil rights movement into conversation with today.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 for registered participants. Registration will open in August.





Craft Connections: Bringing It All Together
May 30, 2018
5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


Close out the year with an evening of interdisciplinary creativity and celebration. We’ll debut a new set of teacher resources. You’ll dream and do, take creative risks and discover how craft connects to STEM, History, and E/LA. Let’s meet at the temple!


Location: Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon


Fee: $10 for registered participants. Registration will open in August.