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 & Ecology: Teacher
Art & Ecology will be offered as an online-only teacher professional development course during the summer of 2017. With 13 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. 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.
Following an exploration of the course content, teachers will choose an environmental topic and artist of interest whose work they will research in depth. Teachers will create a lesson plan for their students around this topic and they will explore field trip opportunities in their community. Teachers will be asked to share their lesson plans with fellow students in the course. An extensive packet of curriculum resources will be distributed to teachers upon completion.
Three graduate credit hours through Ohio State’s College of Education are available with tuition payment. Fee waivers are accepted, if available from your school district. The course can also be taken for CEU only credit for a fee of $75. For questions, please contact Shelly Casto at email@example.com or visit wexartecology.org/teacher-course.
Pages: Art and Writing
Pages is an innovative, multidisciplinary program that supports literacy and writing skills through the exploration of contemporary art, film, and performing arts. This free, yearlong program pairs educators and artists from the Wex with high school teachers from across central Ohio in the planning of writing-based, experiential learning opportunities for students. This year’s Pages experiences include A Thousand Thoughts: Kronos Quartet and Sam Green; the exhibition Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life; and Raoul Peck’s riveting and poignant documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Students also have the opportunity for their writing or artwork to be included in a book published by the Wexner Center and to participate in an end-of-year open-mic reading.
All Pages programming is provided at no cost and to teachers of any subject area in public, private, and charter schools across central Ohio. Bus subsidies are included for all participating schools. For more information or to apply contact Dionne Custer Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: April 13, 2018. Teachers can apply at any time. Visit the Pages blog at wexpagesonline.edublogs.org for more information. Applications are available on our website and are now being accepted for the 2018–19 school year.
Art & Ecology: Youth
Do you have a student who is eco-conscious, interested in contemporary art, and will be in grades 10–12 in the fall of 2017? Art & Ecology: Youth at the Wexner Center is their chance to learn about the intersections of art and ecological issues at Ohio State, while earning high school credit. The program involves field trips to ecological sites on Ohio State’s campus and throughout Ohio, comprehensive online coursework, and personal visits from artists working with ecological issues. It also provides students the opportunity to exhibit their own environmentally informed art at the Wexner Center. The course meets most Wednesdays, 3–5 PM, during the first half of the school year. Supplies are provided, along with transportation assistance.
Applications for 2017 are now being accepted. Find more information here. 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 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
Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Milton and 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.