Workshops for Educators, Classes, Teens, and Private Groups

Work with our education team to create a customized workshop to connect exhibitions to meet your groups needs or choose from the options below.


Artful Writing: Art as a Spark for Creative Writing

Artists and authors notice things that others might miss. In this workshop, students practice careful observation, while discussing and critically responding to diverse artworks and use that experience to fuel creative writing ideas.

Student groups (max. 30 students)

Fee: $150

Teacher groups (minimum 10 teachers)

Fee: $275 (includes 10 artful writing kits)


WAM Teacher Institute: Art Identity, and New Literacies

Building literacy by infusing the study of visual art into writing and writing into visual art.

Monday, June 26, 2017 through Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Explore the processes that art and writing share. In this 3-day workshop teachers will explore WAM’s galleries, work with artist Wing Young Huie and spoken word artist, Desdamona and learn strategies to help build visual and verbal Literacy. Participating teachers will work in the museum’s galleries to:

  • Practice strategies for teaching thinking skills and encouraging students to perceive more and build their own meaning.
  • Explore possibilities to infuse 21st century skills into teaching across curriculum and standards.
    Enjoy time to plan and share ideas with a professional community.
  • Open to teachers of all disciplines and specialties and of students in all grades.

Participation limited to 30 teachers

Earn 18 CEU’s

Fee: $150.00


To increase diversity of participants and benefit all participants in the course, there is a reduced rate available if you identify as a teacher of color.

Register at the reduced rate


In-Service Workshop

This two hour workshop, which can be presented in the museum or at a school location, focuses on learning and practicing the critical response strategy for guiding student perception and interpretation. Groups of 10 or more for teachers.

Fee: $275 per session

Email Jamee Yung, for more information about teacher professional development opportunities.


Teen Architecture Workshop

Are you a high school student entering grades 10-12 interested in design and buildings? Have you ever dreamed of being an architect? If so, this week-long, immersive architecture workshop may be for you!

The WAM Teen Architecture Workshop is an exciting opportunity to work with professional architects, engineers, and designers from the University of Minnesota at the Weisman Art Museum. Posed as an architectural project, participants will explore, design, and build creative solutions in a professional setting. No specific design experience is necessary, just a keen interest in art, design, engineering, or architecture.

The 2017 workshop will take place July 31 – August 4, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Applications for the 2017 Teen Architecture Workshop are now closed.


Building Your Team

Build creativity and fresh perspective by scheduling a fun and effective team-building workshop. Workshops are customized by gathering information about your group or company and recommending a workshop format that reflects your group’s style, goals, and current situation.

Workshops may include:

  • Team-building activities
  • Interactive training & exercises
  • Improve
  • Art-making
  • Games
  • Facilitated group discussions

…or all of the above. Our workshops range from a short one-hour program that can be included in an already-scheduled meeting or conference, to a half or full-day event.

Fee: Half Day $300

Fee: Full Day $450

Have another idea? Contact Jamee Yung, Education Director.


U of M

WAM invites you to make our galleries part of your classroom. All workshops are free to University of Minnesota classes. Bring your class for workshops exploring inquiry-based art viewing, writing, cross discipline themes, exploring special exhibitions, or connecting to class themes. Work with our education team to create a customized workshop to meet your class needs.