Programs for Teachers
The Wexner Center offers workshops and resource materials for teachers to introduce issues in contemporary art and culture and to help you prepare your students for visits to the center. The center's exhibitions and building provide points of departure for in-depth workshops for teachers, as well as for public artists' talks, lectures, symposia, and other programs that may interest you.
You can also plan in-service workshops for your school, or sign up for graduate-level courses created in tandem with Wexner Center programs.
Watch this page for current and upcoming events especially for teachers and educators. Read more on the Additional Teacher Programs and Resources page.
NEW! Art & Environment Teacher Course
Art & Environment will be available as an online-only teacher professional development course during the summer of 2014. With 11 years of experience teaching Eco Art directly to high school students, the Wexner Center’s Director of Education Shelly Casto has extensive materials and resources to share with teachers around the world. Designed primarily for K–12 art teachers, this course will provide an in-depth introduction to the emerging field of Eco Art as well as a basic introduction to environmentalism. Teachers will leave the course with a range of curriculum ideas from their fellow students and an extensive online curriculum packet. Along with K–12 art teachers, K–5 general classroom teachers, 6–12 humanities, and 6-12 science teachers will also find the course of interest if they would like to explore interdisciplinary connections. This four-week course, spread over eight weeks (to allow teachers to take time away from the computer during the summer!), will be offered June 16–Aug 8. Cost of the course is $75 plus the purchase of two books and 3-4 online video rentals, and registration is required. Good internet access and a video cam are essential. For complete information, please see wexartenvironment.wordpress.com.
Art in Action
Art in Action brings teachers and their students, teaching artists, and the Wexner Center together to create art that creates change. Participating schools and teachers enter a year-long, project based partnership that teaches educators how to connect contemporary art to the classroom curriculum and, through collaboration with local teaching artists, guides their students in working toward awareness of and solutions for global, national, or local issues through contemporary art making practices. Assistance and financial support for Art in Action schools can include, among other things, bus subsidies, special teaching support, and help with project supply purchases. Applications for the 2014–15 school year are due April 15.
Pages: Art and Literacy
High School students participating in the Pages program visit the Wexner Center at least three times during the school year, experience visual arts, performing arts, and film projects, and develop their own responses in poetry, prose, and artwork. Applications for the 2014–15 school year are due April 15, 2014. Read more and find application materials here.
Art & Environment
High school students in 11th and 12th grade from all over central Ohio can spend a half-year school term exploring art and environmental issues while earning credit through their own schools in the Art & Environment course at the Wexner Center. Find out more about the class on the Art & Environment blog and urge your students to apply for the fall 2014 course (the application deadline is May 1). See artworks created by Art & Environment students in our Flickr photo albums.
TEACHERS SAVE ON MEMBERSHIP
Wexner Center members experience the best in all the contemporary arts from an insider's perspective with special access and member discounts too. As an educator, you can save 10% on any level of Wexner Center general membership you choose, because we value your service to our community. Follow this link to find out more about member benefits and levels, or see a PDF digest of benefits at each level here.
To participate in the special educator's discount, download a membership form and follow the instructions to return it by mail or fax. Please include a photocopy of your school ID, union card, or similar form of identification as an educator. You can also receive the discount when you join onsite at the Wexner Center. Stop by the Patron Services Desk/Ticket Office on the entrance level or the Wexner Center Store on the lower level, and please be prepared to show identification as an educator.
INVITE A WEXNER CENTER EDUCATOR TO SPEAK AT YOUR SCHOOL
Do you or your school’s faculty and staff want to learn more about our education programs? Members of the education department can be available almost any day of the week to come right to your school and deliver a short presentation on our programming and ways your school can be involved in the Wexner Center! Call (614) 292-6493 or email email@example.com to arrange a special visit.
PARKING FOR TEACHER PROGRAMS
Convenient parking is available in the Ohio Union Parking Garages, just south of the Wexner Center, with entrances from High Street and College Road.
Please call the education info line at (614) 292-6493, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information, to receive a printed brochure with programs for teachers and school groups, or to join our mailing list.
SUPPORT FOR TEACHER AND SCHOOL PROGRAMS
American Electric Power Foundation
Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
The Wexner Center also receives support from the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation and Wexner Center members.