K-12 Teachers and Students
Teacher Professional Development
The Hammer Museum and the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture host free teacher professional development workshops throughout the year, including a three-day summer program—Connecting Art and the Common Core: A Teacher Institute—and half-day workshops in the fall and winter.
The last teacher workshop, "Multiple Perspectives, Diverse Experiences: Exploring Character through Dance and Visual Art," took place on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
"I am so impressed by the content, presentation, and depth of knowledge of those involved...not to mention collective enthusiasm! At the end of each workshop at the Hammer, I leave better prepared to work with my students." –Brian Nieman, Teaching Artist
For more information about upcoming teacher professional development opportunities, email us or call 310-443-7041.
The Hammer Museum offers resources to teachers to enhance understanding of our exhibitions and related themes. These downloadable PDFs can be printed and used in the Museum’s galleries or adapted to explore artists and ideas featured in the guides.
For K-12 students and teachers
Art Cards is a resource for teachers visiting the museum with their students. These cards will help you facilitate discussions around the artwork in any gallery and foster conversations among classmates.
For families and K-12 students and teachers
This guide is designed to help you make meaningful connections to artworks of your own choosing. We encourage you to pick a place in the museum that interests you, and use the prompts provided to discover more about art.
Explore architecture by looking at projects, photographs, and drawings created by architect A. Quincy Jones. Learn about architectural terms and images, and explore how spaces and buildings are designed and inhabited through interactive activities. Related past exhibition: A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living.
Use the city of Los Angeles as your classroom with a map of the city’s modern architecture, featuring buildings ranging from public museums to private homes built between 1922–2003. Related past exhibition: A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living.
Engage students with the history and impact of visual communication through graphic design. Focus on the elements and principles of design through the study of various forms of media such as books, magazines, and posters. Related past exhibition: Graphic Design: Now in Production
Explore key figures and artistic movements of African American art in Los Angeles from 1960–1980, such as assemblage, post-minimalism, and performance art. Related past exhibition: Now Dig This: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980.
Looking for more activities to engage kids with art? View exhibition guides for teens and families.
Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer is an innovative program designed to strengthen student and teacher learning about art through a weeklong, immersive experience at the Hammer Museum. The program is a collaboration between the Hammer, the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) in UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, and selected classroom teachers. By taking learning out of the traditional classroom and into a museum setting, students make cross-curricular connections in a new environment, and are given the rare opportunity to deeply reflect on original artworks through writing and observational drawing.
Learn about the 2014 program on the Hammer blog post, What Happens When You Go to School at an Art Museum.