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 Danae Hutson at danae.hutson@pam.org.

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)

Seeking 2014-2016 Council Members!

We are looking to add 8 additional educators for the 2014-2016 term. Selected members are expected to attend quarterly evening meeting meetings and engage with museum programs. Participating teachers will receive a complimentary membership to the Museum. Please send a letter of interest to danae.hutson@pam.org.

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 & 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.


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.


Educator Workshop: Spotlight! Learning from the Permanent Collection
Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Come to a morning Educator Workshop on Saturday, April 12, that challenges us to slow down in the galleries and experience art in new ways. In honor of Slow Art Day, this event will focus on a handful of works selected from the Museum’s permanent collections.

Join us for coffee and group looking exercises, then break into your selected workshop track to go deeper with a work of art. Each session contains looking exercises, facilitated activities, and time to make connections with your colleagues.

Workshop sessions:

Session 1: The Paintbrush Is Mightier than the Sword
Teaching history, context and social justice through art
Facilitated by Katie Gillard

Session 2: Ethnomath!
Exploring mathematics in the basketry of indigenous peoples
Facilitated by Swapna Mukhopadhyay

Session 3: Look Again: The Art of Observation
Using works of art to explore the scientific method and arguments for analogy
Facilitated by Briana Linden

Session 4: Birds, Abstraction and Species Endangerment
Representing environmental trends and ecological concerns in abstract art
Facilitated by Danae Hutson

Session 5: Carrying On
Following a work of art into stories and artifacts of our own
Facilitated by David Lochtie

Educator Focus Session: Story and the Arts
Thursday, May 22, 5 - 8 p.m.

We all have stories. Stories are powerful ways to encapsulate and highlight significant and powerful experiences and are at the heart of the memories that form the cornerstones of personal identity. How have you used storytelling and the arts to create powerful learning experiences?

Join us for an evening of peer-to-peer learning and resource sharing at the next Educator Focus Session, which will explore the relationships between storytelling, the arts, and genuine learning.

You need a login to attend Educator Events and Workshops.

  • Click here to log in to your account, create a new account, or get a reminder of your login information.
  • Once you are a user, subscribe to our educator email list (under email preferences) to join the online education community. Email danae.hutson@pam.org with questions or for help with registration.
  • Click here for more information about receiving Graduate Credit through PSU for attending Educator Events.

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue
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Hours + General Admission

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
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Seniors 55+, College Students
Children 17 and under

Special exhibition and program fees may apply.



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Adult Group Tours $11 with

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