Museum as Learning Resource

Explore resources and professional development opportunities for educators.

Art Activities

These imaginative and fun activities, paired with artworks from our collection, are intended for all ages as a creative way to engage with art.

For more information, check out all Art Activities.

Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans

Created by K-12 educators for K-12 educators – activating art as a learning tool to achieve curricular and creative thinking goals across disciplines!

Learn more about Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans today!

Learning Tool Kits

Our new Learning Tool Kits for Kindergarten to 12th-grade students use artworks in the collection to inspire critical thinking, creative thinking, empathy, and academic connections. Each tool kit, organized by grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12, support standards for art, history, English, civics, and social studies curriculum.

Learn more about Learning Tool Kits today!

School Group Visits

Experiences are back in October 2022

School groups participate in a Looking & Learning tour, an inquiry-based conversational experience that engages students in careful observation, discussion, and interpretation of objects from a variety of time periods and cultures. Students strengthen critical thinking skills by learning to articulate their ideas about what they see, and share those insights with classmates.

Learn more about School Group Tours today!

Professional Development

CMOA organizes professional development opportunities for educators throughout the year. Join educators from around the city in programs designed to bolster teaching practices.

  • Educator Residency: The educator residency at Carnegie Museum of Art is a three-week program with honorarium for multidisciplinary K-12 educators from our partner school districts*. Residents work in small, grade-based clusters with museum educators to explore the museum as an educational resource for classroom learning and creative inspiration. Applications for Summer 2023 will open in March 2023. Check back then!

  • Empowered Educators Series: Join educators, artists, field professionals, and museum staff as we deepen our knowledge and understanding of topics critical to our lives as informed citizens. Upcoming events in the 2021–22 series will take place on March 17, and May 19. See calendar of events for educators for current offerings.

  • Pennsylvania Teachers & Act 48: Pennsylvania teachers are required to accrue 180 hours of professional development every five years. Teachers can earn Act 48 activity hours for participating in Carnegie Museum of Art’s various workshops, classes, lectures, and public programs. Please see individual events for eligibility.