School & Teacher Programs

The Delaware Art Museum offers a number of resources for teachers and their students. There are school tours for students of all grade levels, workshops for teachers, and grant opportunities through the Red Apple Fund.

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Tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are available.

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Art Smart student exhibitions are collaborations between the Museum and an area school. Students create art inspired by the Museum’s collections to be displayed in the Museum for a public exhibition opening. At this event, students and their families are invited to the Museum free of charge to view student artwork, take in the galleries, and enjoy a night out. Guided tours and gallery activities available upon request for large exhibitions.

Space for Art Smart Exhibitions is limited and booked on a rolling basis, download the application below.



The Delaware Art Museum travels through our region with the popular outreach program, Art Excursions. Art Excursions are held at local libraries, Head Start centers, and public, private, and charter schools. For students in pre-K through grade 5, we seek to introduce each class to the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Program themes include:

Glory of Stories (for pre-K – grade 2)
Meet the Museum
The Artist’s Language
Face to Face
Painting with Words

Presentations last approximately one hour and engage youth in interactive exercises that help them experience art in a personal way, encouraging exploration, discovery, and multiple ways of identifying with a work of art. For more information, email

Program Costs: $80 (Within 30 miles of Museum), Beyond 30 miles subject to approval and additional fees

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Classroom Resources

Bring the Museum to your classroom today! View resources including guides, downloads, and tutorials available for immediate use.

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Teacher workshops are held to familiarize educators with the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Credit hours are available for these curriculum enriching programs. To participate in a teacher workshop (Delaware teachers), you must register in advance by contacting the Delaware Teacher Center at 302.736.6723 or 800.282.8770. For more information, contact

All workshops held at the Delaware Art Museum.

Exploring the Power of Setting in Writing and Art
Saturday April 1, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $20 payable to the Delaware Teacher Center if pre-registering through DTC; payable to Delaware Art Museum for out of state teachers.
Clock Hours: 3.5 Re-licensure hours through Delaware Teacher Center
Instructor: Mary Hall Surface, Kennedy Center Artist

Exploring writing and art simultaneously, and through multiple lenses allows teachers and students to co-create and engage in cross-curricular learning. How can we encourage students to explore setting beyond just being the place where a story happens? Setting can evoke mood, reveal character, express meaning through metaphor and more. This interactive workshop invites participants to step inside a work of art to explore the power and possibilities of setting. Focusing on Edward Hopper’s Summertime, participants will engage in close looking, word-sketching, and creative writing.  Through a series of individual, small group and full group activities, participants will try out strategies that deepen student understanding of the rich role that setting can play in both writing and visual art.  Experience how both the writing and reading skills of describing, questioning, and exploring points of view are built through this dynamic interplay of writing and art.

Teachers will participate in gallery learning, small group, lecture, hands-on work, word sketching and discussion. This workshop will encourage collaboration between language arts and visual arts teachers and students and challenge students to think creatively about what can be labeled a text. Engaging in this workshop will prepare educators to use visual objects in class, thus enabling them to reach students on multiple levels. Appropriate for 3rd – 12th grade teachers (language arts and visual arts).


The Delaware Art Museum Education staff offers professional development opportunities for school districts, parent-teacher organizations, or any group interested in learning more about the Museum’s collections and programming. For more information, contact Eliza Jarvis, School and Outreach Program Manager, at


Funding for school tours and bus transportation is available through the Red Apple Fund.

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For more information, please contact:

Eliza Jarvis
School and Outreach Program Manager