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.
Art & Environment: A Course for Teachers
With 12 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 environmental science, activism, and culture. Teachers will leave the course with a comprehensive online curriculum packet and an array of ideas from fellow participants. Art & Environment will be available as an online-only professional development course for teachers in summer 2015. General classroom (grades K–5), humanities (6–12), and science teachers (6–12) exploring interdisciplinary connections will also find the course of interest. Teachers may schedule their time flexibly while content is available. 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 2015–16 school year are due April 17.
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: A Course for High School Students
Do you have a student who is eco-conscious and interested in contemporary art? Will they be in 11th or 12th grade in fall 2015? Here’s his or her chance to learn about the intersections of art and environmental issues at Ohio State while earning high school credit through your school. Blending extensive online course work and diverse field trip excursions, this course also gives students the opportunity to exhibit their environmentally informed art at the Wexner Center. The course meets most Wednesdays, 3–5 PM during the first half of the school year and it’s free, with supplies and transportation assistance provided. The application deadline is May 1, 2015. Find applications and more information at wexartenvironment.wordpress.com. In-school presentations about the program are available during the school year for groups of interested students.
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. Click here 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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
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.