Educator Programs and Resources

K‒12 EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


The Phillips provides in-depth professional development opportunities and K‒12 teaching resources which use the museum’s great artworks in an arts-integrated approach to teaching and learning. Professional development sessions feature special exhibitions and museum's permanent collection, meet National Common Core Standards of Learning, and enhance teachers' ability to weave modern art and visual literacy skills into arts-integrated lessons.  

The Phillips Collection also offers specialized professional development training sessions to individual schools and school districts to accompany all of its teaching kits and online interactive educational programs.

To book a training session for your school, contact:

teachers@phillipscollection.org
202-387-2151 x214

TEACHING KITS


Phillips teaching kits offer a wealth of classroom-friendly information, lesson plans, teaching tips, and multimedia resources on works of art and special exhibitions. They are developed with input from Phillips Mentor Teachers and advisors from across the community and around the country to provide teachers with resources that integrate art across the curriculum and hone 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, innovation, problem solving, through the use of primary sources and art history.

Teaching kits are equally popular with other curriculum specialists who find that arts education is a valuable window on subjects, such as history, math, English, English as a second language, and geography. The kits also offer an abundance of resources and information to families and art enthusiasts of all ages.

Purchase a Kit Online or by Mail or by Fax

Jacob Lawrence teaching kitExplore Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series in a full-color, media-rich teaching kit which received the American Association of Museums (AAM) Award for Excellence in Published Resources for Education. The kit addresses Lawrence's life and artistic process and the visual narrative structure of The Migration Series. It also provides ways to approach important issues and themes such as segregation and discrimination, migration and immigration, and the universal search for a better life through Lawrence's visual portrayal of African American migration. Packed with dynamic multimedia educational resources, the kit reaches across the curriculum, meeting National Common Core Standards of Learning. Phillips National Mentor Teachers used the kit in the Teach with Jacob Lawrence. There is also an online version of the kit for teachers and students.

RESOURCES IN THE KIT

  • 173-page educator's guide
  • Three posters
  • CD-ROM with images of all works of art, primary sources, and two classroom-ready Powerpoint presentations that incorporate panels from The Migration Series, primary sources, and music
  • DVD with two videos about Lawrence's life and work
  • Musical selections by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, and Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter
  • Step-by-step illustrated lesson plans and examples of student art
  • Classroom handouts and worksheets 

SAMPLES FROM THE MIGRATION SERIES TEACHING KIT

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Luncheon of the Boating Party teaching kitPierre-Auguste Renoir's masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating Party, the best known and most popular work of art at The Phillips Collection, comes to life in a multimedia teaching kit packed with educational resources that meet National Common Core Standards of Learning.

Resources in the kit

  • 156-page educator's guide
  • Three posters
  • CD-ROM with images of all works of art, primary sources, and complete PDF of the kit
  • Step-by-step illustrated lessons plans and examples of student art
  • Classroom handouts and worksheets

SAMPLES FROM THE LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY TEACHING KIT

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Art of the City teaching kitThe Art of the City teaching kit presents innovative educational approaches to urban works of art from The Phillips Collection, including paintings by Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, and Paul Klee. From train stations to sports stadiums, these images have been selected for their accessibility to children. This kit received the American Association of Museums Award for Excellence in Published Resources in the "Across the Curriculum" category.

By addressing themes such as transportation and community, the kit connects art to social studies, language arts, math, French studies, and English as a second language (ESL). This kit was developed with teachers across the curriculum to meet specific National Standards of Learning. 

RESOURCES IN THE KIT

  • Educator's guide
  • Three posters
  • Five teaching transparencies
  • 30 slides
  • CD-ROM with images of all works of art and primary sources and a PDF of the kit
  • Curricula, handouts, and worksheets.

SAMPLES FROM THE ART OF THE CITY TEACHING KIT

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