Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators
Professional development opportunities are available for early childhood educators who work with children who have not yet entered kindergarten. Workshops can be scheduled at the Museum or at your early childhood center. These workshops are led by a certified trainer and count towards annual training requirements. Topics range from how young children learn through art to best practices in early childhood art education and can be customized to suit your needs. Discounts are available for teachers who serve low to moderate income children.

Questions about Early Childhood Professional Development? Contact Lucy Kacir at lkacir@speedmuseum.org



Professional Development for K-12 for Teachers
Our professional development workshops are designed to provide K-12 teachers with resources and ideas that are original, easy to use, and in support of Core Learning Standards. These highly interactive sessions provide varied experiences, from large group discussions to individual explorations, to keep everyone engaged. Join us to explore how the Speed’s collection and special exhibitions can help your students discover connections between artworks and the world in which we live.

Teacher Testimonial: “Looking at different ways to create cross-curricular content through your activities challenged me to think in new ways about familiar content.”

Questions about K-12 Professional Development? Contact Shannon Karol at skarol@speedmuseum.org

2018 Dates

My Old Kentucky Home
February 1, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Discover the people and places of the Commonwealth during this PD session focused on the art of Kentucky. We will investigate how paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts objects help to tell the story of Kentucky from the 18th century to the present day. Register!

Looking Through the Lens of Impressionism
March 1, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Explore Impressionist masterpieces of the 19th century—both in the Speed’s collection and in the exhibition Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism. What makes a painting Impressionist? What techniques were these artists using that were new and innovative?  These questions—and more—will be addressed during this session. Register!

Art Time Machine
April 12, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Compare artworks from the ancient world to the 20th century and discover how each artistic style expands on—and sometimes directly opposes—what came before it. We will explore similarities and differences between a variety of artistic movements, including Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, and everything in between. Register!

Summer Teacher Institute: Art Time Machine Part 2: Contemporary Continuum
July 5 AND July 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Continue your exploration of the world of art by attending this two-day PD session focused on artworks from 1945 to the present day. Consider how artists use their work to address current events and create your own artworks inspired by the Speed’s collection. We’ll also explore how technology and social media can be used to investigate issues related to contemporary art in the classroom. This is a two-day, intensive seminar. Teachers must register and attend both days.
$40 members / $50 non-members