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The Jewish Museum is pleased to offer resources and support to enhance Pre-K – 12 teaching and curriculum development. Hone your skills in a professional development workshop, use our curriculum materials to develop arts-based lessons, or book an online educator-led tour for your group. 

Pre-K-12 Groups

School group tours are now being offered both in-person at the Museum or virtually via Zoom. Tours are led by Jewish Museum educators, and are arts-based, interactive, and hands-on. Pre-K—12th grade school, camp, or youth groups may explore current exhibitions or works of art in the Jewish Museum's collection focusing on themes including Materials in Art, Social Justice, Portraiture, and Immigration.

Virtual School Tours:
45-60 minutes: $140 per class

In-Person School Tours:
Participants in this program are required to wear masks while at the Museum.
60 minutes: $140 per class
Gallery tour and gallery activities only

90 minutes: $190 per class
Grades PreK-6 - gallery tour and studio art project
Grades 7-12 - gallery tour including extended discussion and activities

120 minutes: $245 per class
All grades, extended discussion and studio art project

A limited number of free or reduced rate tours are available for NYC public schools; self-contained special education classes can request free tours. Group size for virtual and in-person tours is limited to one class of up to 30 students.

To schedule a tour, please fill out the Tour Request Form. If you have additional questions, please contact us at schoolprograms@thejm.org or 212.423.3270.

Plan a Visit

Exhibition Visit

New York: 1962-1964

Through January 8, 2023
Grades: K-12

Installation view of New York: 1962–1964 at the Jewish Museum, July 22, 2022–January 8, 2023. © Frederick Charles, fcharles.com

Consider how artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, and Faith Ringgold responded to New York City and the rapidly changing world of the 1960s. Groups in grades 5-12 may explore works of art created in response to historical events of the period including the civil rights movement. Students in grades K-4 will be introduced to artists and art movements included in the exhibition and make connections to people and places in New York City. 

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English Language Arts

The Art of Maurice Sendak

Virtual tour only
Grades: Pre-K-5

Maurice Sendak (American, 1928 – 2012), final illustration for “and made him king of the wild things” from Where The Wild Things Are, 1963, watercolor on paper. From the Maurice Sendak Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia

Explore the work of renowned children's book author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak—subject of the 2005 Jewish Museum exhibition, Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak. In addition to examining Sendak’s best-known works, Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, students will consider Sendak’s influences from pop culture, his childhood in Brooklyn, and Eastern European folklore. 

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English Language Arts

The Art of Ezra Jack Keats

Virtual tour only
Grades: Pre-K-5

Image from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, with special permission from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Examine the colorful illustrations and urban landscapes of Brooklyn-born, award-winning picture book creator Ezra Jack Keats.  Tours focus on visual storytelling, Keats' autobiographical inspirations, as well as his use of color and collage. The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats was on view at the Jewish Museum from September 9, 2011--January 29, 2012.

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Art: Materials and Process

The Art of Marc Chagall

Virtual tour only
Grades: Pre-K-12

Marc Chagall, "Maternity," 1950s, lithograph on paper.

Discover the dreamlike, symbolic imagery of renowned modern artist Marc Chagall. Students will compare and contrast works of art by Chagall featured in past exhibitions with works of art in the Jewish Museum's collection.

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Exhibition Visit

Scenes from the Collection

Ongoing
Grades: K–12

Nicole Eisenman, Seder, 2010.

Examine highlights from the Museum’s acclaimed collection of nearly 30,000 objects in this innovative exhibition which presents antiquities, ritual objects, and visual art from around the world.  On view this fall are works by Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and George Segal, alongside paintings, photography, and sculpture by Kehinde Wiley, Deborah Kass, and Nicole Eisenman. Tours may focus on exhibition themes of global cultural connections and shared experiences or on a specific medium or time period.

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Art: Materials and Process

The Art of the Book

In-person tour only
Grades: 3-12

Benjamin Nathansohn, Prayer Hymn for Alexander I, 1818, ink and paint on silk, brocade cover. The Jewish Museum, New York, Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman.

In this studio-based workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and the natural resources used to produce medieval books. Students view original manuscripts in the galleries, grind natural pigments such as saffron or malachite using a mortar and pestle, and illuminate their own works of art with gold leaf.

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Art: Materials and Process

Art & Social Justice

Grades: 6-12

George Segal, Abraham and Isaac (in Memory of May 4, 1970, Kent State University), 1978, plaster, cloth, rope, metal, and acrylic paint. Gift of the George and Helen Segal Foundation.

Explore ways that artists address social and political issues and even advocate for change through their works of art. Students examine art made in response to historical events and movements; to intolerance; to representations of gender, identity, and race; and to social conventions and customs.

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English Language Arts

Signs and Symbols

Grades: 3-12

Hanukkah Lamp, India, end of the 19th-20th century.

From the six-pointed star to eagles and lions, symbolic imagery can convey personal, cultural, and historic meaning.  Students decode and discuss these powerful symbols as they appear in art, including paintings and ritual objects.

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Art: Materials and Process

Materials in Art

Grades: Pre-K-12

Harriete Estel Berman, Alms Container, 1999.

Students compare works of art in a variety of media and consider the choices artists make. Tours may explore art from ancient to contemporary, from paintings and photographs to sculptures created from lightbulbs and other everyday objects.

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History and Global Studies

Immigration Past and Present

Grades: 3-12

Maurycy Minkowski, After the Pogrom, c. 1910.

Art can offer new perspectives on the experiences of immigrants by focusing on themes such as assimilation and collective identity.  Through close looking and discussion, students reflect upon the personal and communal experience of immigration and make connections between historical movements and contemporary issues.

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History and Global Studies

Remembering the Holocaust

Grades: 6-12

Abshalom Jac Lahav, Anne Frank, 2007.

Students discuss, interpret, and establish connections between the events of World War II and works of art and artifacts related to the Holocaust.

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History and Global Studies

Number the Stars

Grades: 3-5

Michael David, Warsaw, 1980, pigment and wax on Masonite. The Jewish Museum, New York.

Elementary school students reading Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars focus on issues of resistance and hope through an exploration of age-appropriate works on view.

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Ritual and Ceremony

Festivals of Light

Grades: Pre-K-4

Rod Baer, Every December, Hanukkah Lamp, 1995.

Explore the role of light in the Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holidays and view the Museum’s spectacular collection of Hanukkah lamps. Groups may request to focus solely on Hanukkah.

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Ritual and Ceremony

Ceremonial Objects

Grades: K-12

Reddish Studio: Naama Steinbock and Idan Friedman, Menorah (Candlesticks United Hanukiyah), Hanukkah Lamp, 2011.

Examine ritual objects and related paintings, exploring how artists merge artistic style with function. Students learn about Jewish culture and ceremonies through an examination of traditional objects. 

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Identity

People and Portraits

Grades: Pre-K-5

Reuven Rubin, Goldfish Vendor, 1928.

Consider how artists depict people, using the gestures, facial expressions, and body language of their subjects to communicate ideas and emotions.  Compare and contrast works in different media to explore how artistic choices impact the viewer’s experience.

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Identity

Art and Identity

Grades: 6-12

Raphael Soyer, Dancing Lesson, 1926.

Students consider personal, collective, and cultural identity through an examination of paintings, sculptures, or photographs. Tours may address issues of assimilation, stereotypes and discrimination, and heritage.

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English Language Arts

Objects Tell Stories

Grades: K-12

Wedding Sofa from North Germany, possibly Danzig (Gdansk, Poland).

Students examine works of art and cultural artifacts in the Jewish Museum’s collection as primary sources to learn more about their historical and artistic contexts and the stories they reveal.

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English Language Arts

Writing Through Art

Grades: 3-12

Ken Aptekar, I Hate The Name Kenneth, 1996.

By analyzing works of art, students gain insight into how art can inspire creative writing and how writing can be a powerful means of engaging with the visual world. Tours may focus on poetry, narrative, and language development.

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Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations

Grades: 7-12

Bottle, Eastern Mediterranean, 2nd-3rd century C.E, free-blown glass.

The past comes alive through a close examination of original artifacts from ancient communities. Students consider pottery, mosaics, and glassware as evidence of societal change and daily life in ancient times.

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Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Archaeology

Grades: K-6

Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E., clay: hand-formed, incised, and fired. The Jewish Museum, New York, purchase: gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-223.

Students make connections between past and present, explore artifacts from ancient cultures, and learn about the tools that archaeologists use for excavations.

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Art on the Road

Bring the Jewish Museum to your school with hands-on, educator-led thematic lessons. A Jewish Museum educator will travel to your school and work with individual classes using artifact replicas, touchable objects, and visual images to engage students through discussion, observation, and interactive activities. A minimum of two lessons must be scheduled for every Art on the Road visit to your school. Each lesson lasts for one period and must be for an individual classroom.

Cost: $140/lesson; Free for self-contained special education classes.

To schedule an Art on the Road visit to your school, please contact us at schoolprograms@thejm.org or 212.423.3270.

Festivals of Light

Handle replicas of Hanukkah lamps from the Jewish Museum’s collection while exploring the role of light in holidays of different cultures. Students will also create their own light-inspired artworks. 

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Hanukkah Lamp, 19th century, cast pewter. Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman.

Children’s Book Authors

Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day or William Steig, Shrek or Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

In this workshop, educators introduce students to the works of one or more author/illustrators featured in previous Jewish Museum exhibitions through storytelling and visual images.  Students create a work of art inspired by the illustrators’ books.

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Ezra Jack Keats, Crunch, crunch, crunch, his feet sank into the snow, final illustration for The Snowy Day, 1962. Ezra Jack Keats Papers, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi © Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Image courtesy of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Archaeology and the Ancient World

Students handle replicas of ancient clay, stone, and metal artifacts as well as archaeologists’ tools to explore the archaeological process and daily life within the context of ancient civilizations. 

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Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E., clay: hand-formed, incised, and fired. The Jewish Museum, New York, purchase: gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-223.

The Art of the Book

In this hands-on workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and the natural resources used to create paint and produce medieval books. Using a mortar and pestle, students grind natural pigments such as saffron or cochineal to create paint which they use to design an illuminated letter.

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Prayer Hymn for Alexander I, Benjamin Nathansohn, Vilnius (Lithuania), 1818, ink and paint on silk; brocade cover.

Professional Development

Educator workshops provide content knowledge and practical strategies for engaging students with original art and artifacts. Through presentations by scholars and educators, guided exhibition tours, and hands-on studio activities, workshops introduce teachers to the Jewish Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and related themes, and explore strategies for integrating art into classroom curricula. Professional development workshops are recommended for educators who work with elementary, middle, and high school students

Special education teachers may register free of charge for all workshops by calling 212.423.3270.

See all upcoming events for educators here.

Virtual Workshop for Educators New York: 1962-1964

Thursday, November 10
5 – 7 PM

Join us for a virtual workshop that explores the exhibition New York: 1962-1964 on view at the Jewish Museum through January 8, 2023. The exhibition examines how artists living in the city, such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, and Faith Ringgold, responded to their rapidly changing world. Hear Kristina Parsons, Leon Levy Assistant Curator, discuss how works created amidst epoch-changing events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963), and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1963) fundamentally altered the artistic, social, political landscape of New York City and the nation at large. Following the presentation, engage in close looking at works of art in the exhibition with a Jewish Museum educator.

Educators in the New York area may also join us on Nov 16, 2022 for an in-person tour of the exhibition with a Jewish Museum educator.

Program fee: $10
New York State Educators may receive 2 CTLE hours.

A limited number of spaces are available for teachers of self-contained special education classes and special education teachers in ICT classes to register free of charge by emailing schoolprograms@thejm.org.

Please register by November 9, 2022.

A Zoom link will be sent with email confirmation. If you do not receive your email confirmation within ten minutes, please check your spam folder and mark the email as "not spam."

This program is presented with captions through Zoom. The Jewish Museum is committed to making its virtual programs accessible to all. For inquiries and requests for CART, ASL interpretation, or additional accommodations please email info@thejm.org or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0.

Professional development workshops are made possible with endowment support from the Gershon Kekst Family.

Gallery Tours for Educators New York: 1962-1964

Wednesday, November 16
4 – 6 PM

Join us for an in-person tour of the expansive two-floor exhibition New York: 1962-1964 on view at the Jewish Museum through January 8, 2023. Educators will experience the exhibition and participate in discussion and gallery activities with a Jewish Museum educator. New York: 1962-1964 explores a pivotal moment in the history of art and culture in New York City. Through more than 150 works of art—all made or seen in New York between 1962 and 1964–the exhibition examines how artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Diane Arbus, Yayoi Kusama, and more responded to their rapidly changing world. 

 A virtual educator workshop in conjunction with this exhibition will also be available the preceding week on Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 at 5 pm.

Check-in begins in the lobby at 3:45 pm. Tours begin at either 4 or 4:30 pm and last 1.5 hours.

Program fee: $10
New York State Educators may receive 1.5 CTLE hours.

A limited number of spaces are available for teachers of self-contained special education classes and special education teachers in ICT classes to register free of charge by emailing schoolprograms@thejm.org.

Please register by November 15, 2022.

The Jewish Museum is committed to making its programs accessible to all. For inquiries and requests for ASL interpretation or additional accommodations please email info@thejm.org or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0. 

Professional development workshops are made possible with endowment support from the Gershon Kekst Family.

Specialized Workshops for Schools

Gallery and studio workshops can be created for educators from a specific school. These workshops introduce teachers to exhibitions and explore strategies for integrating art into classroom curricula. Themes include Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations, Identity, Objects as Primary Sources, Materials in Art, and more.

Fees start at $525 for 3 hours with up to 20 teachers. Please email schoolprograms@thejm.org for more information.

Professional development workshops are made possible with endowment support from the Kekst Family Fund. Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Council Member Mark Levine.

Teaching Resources

Discover the Jewish Museum’s resources for elementary through high school educators and download curriculum materials. Discover the Jewish Museum's resources for elementary through high school teaching and learning. Two types of downloadable resources are available: focused lesson plans highlight a single work of art, and comprehensive curriculum materials explore a theme through related works of art and objects. Both sets of resources include discussion questions, hands-on activities ideas, and links to the Museum's online collection.

Curriculum guides are made possible by a generous grant from the Kekst Family.

Portraiture & Identity

This resource was developed to help elementary through high school educators guide students in an exploration of identity based on portraiture in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

Margret and H.A. Rey’s children’s books about America’s beloved monkey Curious George hold a special place in the hearts of both children and adults around the world. This resource for educators is designed to complement and enhance a classroom study of the Reys’ Curious George stories.

Narrative in Art

This resource features works of art with narrative components, and highlights connections between visual art, English Language Arts, and literacy. Consider how artists use visual elements to weave together stories with all the familiar components: characters, setting, plot/scenes, mood, and tone.

Objects Tell Stories: Jewish Holidays

This resource presents ideas for exploring the Jewish holidays through art and artifacts by highlighting ten unique objects from the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection.

Immigration Experiences in Art

Explore the topic of immigration with diverse works drawn from the Jewish Museum collection. Consider how art can offer new perspectives on the experiences of immigrants by focusing on themes such as assimilation and collective identity.

Teaching the Holocaust through Works of Art

To understand the significance of works of art and artifacts, it is important to understand their political, historical, and social context. This resource can be used to supplement and enhance ongoing studies in history, art, and literacy, through the lens of World War II and the Holocaust.

Ancient Civilizations and Archaeology

Supplement and enhance your students’ ongoing studies in ancient civilizations and archaeology using artifacts in the Jewish Museum collection. Consider how artifacts can be used as primary source material to shed light on life thousands of years ago, particularly in the ancient Near East.

Common Core

Jewish Museum School Programs address and develop many of the skills outlined by the Common Core Learning Standards (CCSS) and enhance classroom curricula by engaging students with primary sources – in the form of original artworks and artifacts – through close observation, discussion, and interpretation. Below are examples of the ways in which guided museum visits foster skills outlined by the CCSS; these skills are markers of students who are career and college ready.

Understand Other Perspectives and Cultures
The Museum’s collection comprises nearly 30,000 works of art from countries including Argentina, China, India, Iran, and Israel. Students discuss the convergence of cultures and make connections to their own lives.

Build Strong Content Knowledge
Engaging students with art and artifacts spanning thousands of years, Museum visits build on classroom units of study with themes such as Archaeological Dig, Ancient Civilizations, Remembering the Holocaust, and The Immigrant Experience.

Respond to the Varying Demands of Audience, Task, Purpose, and Discipline
Students deconstruct how artists use color, line, and symbolic imagery to convey meaning to the viewer. They later consider similar artistic choices when creating their own works of art.

Comprehend As Well As Critique
Museum visits are organized around themes to facilitate access to complex concepts. Students use discussion, writing, and art-making activities to express their own ideas and to construct meaning.

Value Evidence
Museum educators encourage students to make observations and develop hypotheses through examination of primary sources (original art and artifacts). Students cite visual evidence during inquiry-based discussions to support interpretations.

Demonstrate Independence
Gallery exercises and studio art projects encourage students to hone problem- solving skills, use their imaginations, and explore their creativity. Jewish Museum educators use inquiry methods to create a forum in which students discuss their interpretations and share their opinions about works of art. Students learn to debate ideas and think critically.

Movies that Matter: Film Screenings for Schools

Middle and high school students are invited to view award-winning documentaries that examine current social issues such as representation and identity, immigration, and civil rights followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Sign up for email updates on upcoming programs.

Follow these steps to sign-up and participate:
 
> Register your class for a film screening.
 
> Share the screening link with your students. Watch as a group or individually.
 
> Join a live virtual Q&A via Zoom.
 
> Utilize a discussion guide to make thematic connections between the film and works of art in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Register by emailing moviesthatmatter@thejm.orgRead about the Movies that Matter series on our blog

Movies That Matter is made possible through the generosity of the Nissan Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, Deborah and Michael Rothman, and Con Edison. Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Member Peter Koo and Council Member Dromm.

School Partnerships

Educational experiences for grades Pre-K through 12

The Museum works closely with public, private, Jewish, and special education schools to develop dynamic visual arts programming for Pre-K through 12th grade students and teachers.  Two long-standing partnership programs, ArtPartners and Chaverim, provide free, art-based instruction to students at New York City public schools and Jewish day schools.  Led by teaching artists over multiple visits at both the schools and the Museum, school partnerships are designed to make connections between in-class learning and the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.  Participating students build their visual arts vocabulary, consider art within cultural and historical contexts, and experiment with various art materials through studio art activities. 

For more information and inquiries about school partnerships, please contact 212.423.3270 or schoolprograms@thejm.org.
The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education’s school programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz.

Generous support is provided by the Samuel Brandt Fund, The Leir Charitable Foundations, Kekst Family, Capital One, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Gray Foundation, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Nissan Foundation, Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Con Edison, Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, Deborah and Michael Rothman, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Pamela and Richard Rubinstein Foundation, Elias A. Cohen Foundation, Inc., Frederic R. Coudert Foundation, Henry E. Niles Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, and other donors.

Educational Programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Council Member Mark Levine, Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Council Member Peter Koo, and the City Council.