The Museum as Classroom


This four week workshop shares the value of using the on site and virtual art museum as a resource and teaching tool in your classroom. The class is for teachers, parents, museum educators and others.

Enroll Today for the June 3, 2013, June 10, June 17, June 24 online Workshop.

4 week non-credit workshop

12 hours overall


The Museum as Classroom


This 4 workshop will introduce you, teacher, librarian, parent, or museum educator to the many resources available through their local art museum and through the wide variety of virtual museums on the internet.  The class will teach you basic skills for describing, analyzing, and interpreting art work using major artworks from a variety of museums.  Many museums have additional resources, such as, lesson plans, online games, classes, ask an expert service, research resources, and a variety of local docents including those who will visit your classroom that will be outlined.


The online teacher workshop may be accessed 24/7.  Expect to spend 3 hours a week or 12 hours overall throughout the class.  All those finishing the class will receive a handsome  "Thank You for Your Participation" Certificate.  The class is interactive, you will have a chance to post topics and questions to others in the class and to the facilitator-a working art professor.  This is a non-credit class.


This 4 week workshop is entirely online and facilitated by an experienced

art professor. It provides an opportunity for networking with others

with your similar interests and an art expert.


Recommendations from past participants in an Art Teacher on the Net workshop (Art for the Elementary Teacher)

I have broadened my perspective on teaching, and gotten a lot of ideas on how to reach children. I would recommend the course to my coworkers. It would be good for further professional development.

It has been great to share ideas with others and gain new information that I can use in my art classes. The websites are extremely helpful, and I am glad to add those to my resources. I am looking forward to using the format for looking at a work of art to encourage my students to really look at a work of art in a whole new way. There are many questions to choose from that will provide prompts for students when writing about art.

I like the ideas for integrating art with other content areas. This appeals to a variety of learning styles and strengthens skills students can use across the curriculum and throughout their lives. I plan to use the resources from this workshop to incorporate more lessons that connect to other subjects.

I've enjoyed making some of the projects and will be able to use those as examples when I teach the lessons.

I am especially excited about the ideas for planning a year of art. I like the thought of planning the whole year and knowing what objectives the students will be working toward. This will help when I order supplies and will help me coordinate the lessons with the different grade levels.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and would definitely recommend it to others. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

I would recommend this course to classroom teachers, since they so often have the opportunity to add some hands on learning to the lesson.

I would also recommend this class to art teachers as a review.

Whether you  are an experienced art teacher or have no prior art experience, this workshop is for you.  No prior art experience is necessary.  This is a workshop for public, private, and homeschool teachers-or anyone who works with children's groups and need art projects ideas and advice.




Valerie Colston, M.A. author of "200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art" (Released April 1, 2008) is the developer and presenter of the

workshop.  She has been teaching art and art history classes for

several years in San Diego, California and online.  Her award winning

Art Teacher on the Net is visited by teachers around the world. 

Along with teaching Ms. Colston was an art project consultants for the Wyland Foundation Oceans Teacher program, and has taught many 100 Art ideas for Teachers workshops at the University of California, San Diego Extension.



For more information contact Valerie Colston at

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