Teacher Programs & Resources

Teacher Advisory Council

The Museum’s Teacher Advisory Council is made up of educators who serve two-year staggered terms. If you are interested in the council or have additional questions, please contact Mike Murawski, Director of Education and Public Programs.

The Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) engages with the Museum to support meaningful interactions between the Museum and our Teacher and Student Communities. TAC promotes learning and interpretation through engagement, collaboration, and access across learning levels.

2013-2015 Council Members (PDF)

Teacher Resources & Guides

Integrate the Museum into your curriculum or prepare for your Museum visit with our teacher resources and guides.

Click here to view a sample of the objects you may see on your docent-guided tour.

Seasonal Round Tour Coordinator (PDF) — An interactive resource identifying special exhibitions and local field trip ideas.

Tour Scheduling and Navigating Online Collections(PDF) — A guide to get you started with Online Collections Museum tours.

Native American Art – Looking Guide (PDF)

The Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art [1.5 MB]

Most lesson plans include relevant background information about art history, vocabulary terms, a list of materials needed for activities, and questions to assess knowledge gained. Images of objects can be printed from the free PDF onto transparency film for use on overhead projectors.

Online Resources

Mike Murawski, Director of Education and Public Programs, is the founding author and editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, a collaborative forum for reflecting on practice in the field of art museum education.

To access teacher-generated lesson plans and activities for the Museum and classroom, explore this Object Stories online resource. To download content, click “downloads” in the top right corner.


The Museum holds free seminars and workshops for K-12 and college educators throughout the year. This year the museum will offer three types of Educator Events.

  1. Evenings for Educators: Held on Thursday evenings, usually to preview special exhibitions. Educators learn about upcoming exhibitions and are invited to an informal networking session over light refreshments to allow attendees to talk with their peers about integrating art into curriculum.
  2. Educator Workshops: Held on Saturday mornings, these workshops consist of different tracks or specializations for educators to select. Take topical knowledge deeper or hone a new skill using the Museum as a resource, platform, and destination for thoughtful arts integration.
  3. Educator Focus Sessions: Participatory dialogues around educator driven topics. These sessions are facilitated by education staff but driven by Teachers. Guests and experts may attend depending on the topic and format of the session.


FALL 2014

Educator Focus Session: Focus on Digital and Museum Learning
Thursday, December 4, 5 - 8 p.m.

Want to dip your toes into Museum and digital learning? Join the discussion to get some ideas, or pose some questions with the Museum’s Interpretive Media Specialist.


Evening for Educators: Italian Style
Thursday, February 12, 5 - 8 p.m.

Come preview the exhibition and learn a bit about glamorous Italian fashion.

Educator Workshop: Spotlight on the Permanent Collections
Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

No more drive-by Art! In honor of Slow Art Day, join a facilitated session and slow down with a work of art from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Educator Focus Session: Focus on Funding
Thursday, May 14, 5 - 8 p.m.

Join a discussion about grants and funding ideas relevant for today’s teacher.


To register for Educator Events and Workshops, or if you have any questions, please e-mail Mike Murawski.

Click here for more information about receiving Graduate Credit through PSU for attending Educator Events.

Portland Art Museum

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The Museum will be closed on Labor Day (Monday, September 1).

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Adult Group Tours $11 with

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