Educational Resources

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about any of these programs or services.

About the Permanent Collection

A fully intact 12th-century Chapter House, the largest collection of Roman mosaics in America, Colonial American portraiture, and Paul Revere silver are among the treasures you will find at the Worcester Art Museum! Art from the Western world — ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; Medieval and Renaissance Italy; 18th- through 20th-century Great Britain, France, Holland, and Belgium; 18th- through 20th-century America; Contemporary art; and art from Pre-Columbian Central and South America, Japan, India, and China — are all a part of the permanent collections on view in the Museum's galleries.

In addition to our world-renowned permanent collection, special exhibitions showcase masterworks, seldom-seen gems, and important works on loan.

You may be able to fund your Museum experience with a Massachusetts Cultural Council PASS or Local Cultural Council grant. For more information, contact the MCC at 1.800.232.0960 or www.massculturalcouncil.org.

Guides and Instruction Sheets

Make the most of your group visit to the Worcester Art Museum by downloading the following guides and instruction sheets.

Roman Art

Roman art

Ancient Greek Art

Greek art

Ancient Egyptian Art

Egyptian art

Curriculum Guides

The Worcester Art Museum is working to make its Special Exhibition content more accessible to teachers, homeschool groups, and family audiences. With easily-understandable connections to grade-level standards, these curriculum guides make exhibition connections (and school field trip justifications) stress-free.

View our Curriculum Guides

For Teachers and Educators

In-service programs are a great way to exchange ideas, explore ways to integrate the arts into other curriculum areas, or provide expertise in techniques for teaching art, art history, criticism, or art appreciation. Programs and services available to teachers include:

Studio Art Classes and Workshops

Explore the Museum, try new materials, and engage with professional artists and educators! Register online today or call the Studio Programs Office at 508.793.4333 for more information.

  • Scholarships – Please inform us if a student would benefit from classes but requires financial assistance. To learn more, contact 508.793.4339 / ruthhemenway@worcesterart.org
  • Professional Development – The Worcester Art Museum has been approved by the Massachusetts State Department of Education as an official provider of professional development points (PDPs). Teachers can take any of WAM’s adult classes for Professional Development points at no additional cost. Contact transactions@worcesterart.org to request a PDP Certificate. The number of PDPs awarded will equal the number of hours of the course you complete.

Teacher Workshops

  • Teacher Institute – Each summer, WAM offers an intensive 1-week, 37.5-hour class for graduate credit. Designed especially for teachers, the class is developed on a new theme each year and includes lecture, demonstration, hands-on studio time, and a research project component. See portal.worcesterart.org for upcoming opportunities.
  • Professional Development Workshops – WAM would be happy to host or help your department or district develop a Professional Development Workshop to fit your needs. To learn more, contact 508.793.4462 or elizabethbuck@worcesterart.org. Must be scheduled 6+ weeks in advance.

Master Series Talks

WAM highlights selected works of art in galleries throughout the Museum as the focus of a Third Thursday art talk, presented by a scholar in the field. Master Series talks are perfect for teachers interested in learning about an artist or object in a special exhibition that they want to highlight in their curriculum. Learn more about Master Series talks.

Institutional Membership

Enjoy free admission for students and faculty year round! Learn more.

Museum Library

The Worcester Art Museum Library is a bibliographic resource dedicated to the history of art reflecting the collection strengths of the museum. Located on the second floor of the Museum, the Library extends its resources and services to the community, including teachers, students, faculty, collectors, museum docents, scholars, and the general public. Read more about WAM Library.

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Members receive two-for-one Museum admission!

Education Programs at the Worcester Art Museum are generously supported by the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, The Booth Family Fund for Education and Outreach at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Frances L. Hiatt Fund for the Advancement of Museum Education, The Nathan and Barbara Greenberg Fund for Education, The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, and the Norman and Dorothy Sharfman Education Fund, among other endowment funds. Additional generous support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, The Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation and our members.

See also: School Programs

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