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: The Art of Making Meaning

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 through Thursday, June 27, 2019

WAM’s summer Teacher Institute is a hands-on and gives teachers the opportunity to learn new strategies to help build visual and verbal literacy with students by infusing the study of visual art into writing and writing into visual art. Be inspired while working in WAM’s galleries, alongside artists Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Marcus Young. We welcome teachers of all disciplines and of students in all grade levels.

Participation limited to 30 teachers | Earn 18 CEUs | Fee: $150.00

Register for the 2019 Teacher Institute>>

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 here for 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

WAM offers a week-long summer architecture camp for high school students in grades 10-12. The workshop gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively with professional architects, engineers, and designers from the University of Minnesota at our Frank Gehry-designed building, to explore, design, and build creative solutions in a professional setting. The 2020 Teen Architecture Workshop will take place August 3 – August 7, Monday – Friday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Get more information and register here.


Building Your Team

Build creativity and fresh perspective by scheduling a fun and effective team-building workshop. Workshops are based on our perceive method and use works of art to help you slow down, look closely, deeply listen, and consider different perspectives. By gathering information about your group or company, we will recommend and customize a workshop format that reflects your group’s style, goals, and current situation.

Workshops may include:

  • Team-building activities
  • Interactive training & exercises
  • Improv
  • 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.

Base workshop fee: $300

Additional fees may apply based on customization.

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.