Professional Development

Join us as we engage in creative teaching strategies and explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections focused on the Freer|Sackler’s collections and exhibitions. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming professional development opportunities. All opportunities will be held at the Freer|Sackler.

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Educator Workshops

A Closer Look: Arts of Japan

Saturday, March 10
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Freer, conference room

With more than eleven thousand works, the Freer|Sackler exhibits and preserves one of the country’s most significant collections of Japanese art. Learn how Japan’s philosophies and religions influenced its artwork, and examine these influences on a tour of ceramics, screens, sculptures, and more. Plus, participate in a hands-on art project, and leave with resources for your classroom. Open to all educators, especially those who teach visual arts and social studies. Free registration required.

A Closer Look: Art and Science Intersections

Saturday, April 28
9:30am – 3:30pm
Sackler, Gallery 28

Spend the day at the Freer|Sackler discovering intersections between science and art that can be used for interdisciplinary classroom learning. Participate in a hands-on science activities presented by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, look at special exhibitions Resound: Ancient Bells of China and Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha, and leave with resources you can use in your classroom.  Open to all educators, especially those who teach science, visual arts, and social studies. Free registration required.

Discovering Korea’s Past: Interdisciplinary Connections

Summer Institute for Educators
Monday, June 25–Wednesday, June 27, 2018
9 am–4 pm each day

Spend three days focusing on Korean art and culture with experts at the Freer|Sackler.  Discover the Goryeo dynasty (935–1392), a period of great artistic and cultural achievement in Korea.  Go behind the scenes with curators to examine rare works. Experiment with decorative techniques at The District Clay Center. Learn to create, personalize, and share digital resources with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Resources, breakfast, and lunch are included.

Limited to 30 participants.

Register by Friday, May 11, 2018. A non-refundable $30 fee is due at time of registration.