Professional Development

Join us as we engage in creative teaching strategies and explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections focused on the National Museum of Asian Art’s collections and exhibitions. Workshops are designed to help educators who are new to using Asian art in the classroom learn about digital resources and teaching strategies. As a result, teachers will expose their students to new perspectives and will increase their students’ critical and creative thinking skills. Educators will leave each professional development session with ready-to-use classroom resources such as lesson plans, discussion guides, and Learning Lab collections.

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Upcoming Workshops

Exploring Place and Identity in the Arts of India
On-Site Teacher Workshop
Saturday, March 25, 2023
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

How does place shape one’s identity? How can depictions of the body convey personal and societal power and beliefs? Explore arts of the Indian subcontinent through three exhibitions: A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur, Unstill Waters: Contemporary Photography from India, and The Art of Knowing in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas. Engage in writing, sketching, and slow looking through gallery activities you can adapt for your classroom. Leave with a Learning Lab collection of digital activities and other resources you can use with your learners to connect them to themes that include place, identity, beliefs, power, and the arts of the Indian subcontinent.

Register by Thursday, March 23, 2023

Previous Workshops

Investigating Japan’s Edo Avant Garde
Virtual Teacher Workshop
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
7–9 p.m. ET

Introduce your students to the art of Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868) while connecting with the natural world. Join Linda Hoaglund, project director of Investigating Japan’s Edo Avant Garde, the Smithsonian’s upcoming image-driven K–12 educational website that was inspired by Linda’s film Edo Avant Garde. Website teacher advisors and curriculum writers Angie Stokes and Kachina Leigh will introduce the website resources and classroom-ready lesson plans and will share the site’s innovative approach to teaching art, culture, biodiversity, history, and religions by exploring Edo art.

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Link to the recording

Workshops by Request

Are you interested in scheduling a workshop for a group of educators? Does your school district have an upcoming professional development in-service day? National Museum of Asian Art staff will design a menu of workshop choices for you to select to support your specific curricular needs.

Request an Educator Professional Development Workshop