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Professional Development Opportunities

Teachers come together in small groups at the Getty to advance thinking about their own goals and strategies for classroom teaching. Our programs support the national and California state content standards for grades K–12. The following are some of the programs offered on a regular basis.

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Teachers work together in a Getty workshop.

Teachers' Open Workshops
Location: The Getty Center

In these one-day workshops held on Saturdays, K–12 teachers are immersed in one aspect of the Getty Museum's permanent collection while learning specific ways to incorporate works of art into their classroom teaching. The program includes a lecture, small group discussions, and hands-on art-making activities. Each workshop is accompanied by a set of lessons, which is made available on this Web site.

The next Open Workshop, "What Is Work and Who Are the Workers?" will take place on November 14, 2009 from 9:30–3:00 PM. To register, call (310) 440-7300. Space is limited, so sign up now!

Lessons from past workshops include:
Gods, Heroes and Monsters: Mythology in European Art
Looking at Portraits
Looking at French Decorative Arts
Looking at Illuminated Manuscripts
Asian Influences on European Art
Scenes from the Headlines
Landscapes, Classical to Modern

Wednesday Teacher Workshops

Wednesday Teacher Workshops
Location: The Getty Villa

These free, two-hour workshops offer the opportunity for teachers, working in small groups, to learn about specific topics related to the Getty Villa's collection and special exhibitions. You'll learn how to create successful self-guided lesson plans and gallery activities by connecting content standards to works of art in the Villa's thematic galleries, plus techniques for teaching with original objects in the museum setting.

Get details about the 2009–10 program (RTF, 63 KB).

Art & Language Arts program

Art & Language Arts
Location: The Getty Center

This free one-year program introduces K–5 teachers to meaningful and engaging strategies for developing students' skills in language and visual arts. Working in grade-level teams, teachers develop lesson plans built around works of art in the Getty Museum's collection. Participants are eligible for LAUSD salary points or USC Continuing Education Units. Applications for the 2010–2011 class will be available in Spring 2010.

Learn more about Art & Language Arts:

Teachers discuss ancient art at the Getty Villa.

Villa Summer Institute
Location: The Getty Villa

This intensive, four-day workshop is offered to K–12 teachers every year. Participants investigate how objects in the Getty Museum's collection connect to history, culture, geography, architecture, and archaeology. The schedule includes presentations by curators and scholars, activities in the galleries that connect to Visual Art and History—Social Science standards, and opportunities for professional exchange.

The next Villa Summer Institute will be held in July 2010. More information and an application will be available in Spring 2010. Sign up for
Getty Teacher Update, our e-newsletter for teachers, to receive updates about all our professional development programs.

A Getty curator talks to local teachers

Secondary Teachers' Institute
Location: The Getty Center

This annual three-and-a-half day program introduces secondary-level teachers of literature, social sciences, and other humanities-based disciplines to art and artists from the Getty Museum's collection.

The next Secondary Teachers' Institute will take place in the Summer of 2010. Sign up for Getty Teacher Update, our e-newsletter for teachers, to receive updates about all our professional development programs.

Language through Art: ESL Curricula
Locations: The Getty Center and in your ESL classroom

Through this program, Getty Education Staff lead workshops at either the Getty Center or in classrooms of ESL teachers from selected adult schools in the Los Angeles area. Participants will receive materials and guidance on how to use the Getty's ESL curricula in their classrooms. The curricula for beginning and intermediate ESL students provide lessons that help ESL teachers use works of art to enrich their English language acquisition curriculum.

The curricula for both beginning and intermediate ESL students are available on this Web site:
Beginning Language through Art: An ESL Enrichment Curriculum
Language through Art: An ESL Enrichment Curriculum

See Also
Getty Teacher Update, our free e-mail newsletter for K-12 teachers.

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