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.