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.

WAM Teacher Institute participants explore the possibilities of the visual art through movement in the galleries

WAM Teacher Institute 2020: Online Workshop
Tuesday – Thursday, August 4 – 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While this workshop is entirely online, participants in this year’s Teacher Institute consider pathways for equitable access to art and literacy in both face-to-face and online settings. Learn about themes of love, equity, hope, and liberation in education alongside community artists, Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Marcus Young 楊墨

Educators experience new strategies to explore themes of art, writing, and identity with the following goals:

  • Explore links between art and writing with: social/emotional needs of students, connections to communities and families, and creativity in your own teaching
  • Design a practical plan for implementing art and writing in both online and face-to-face curriculum
  • Open to teachers of all disciplines and specialties and of students in all grade levels

This workshop will be online, including synchronous meetings, individual conferences with facilitators, breakout rooms on specific topics, and interactive sessions with community artists. Participants also receive an Artful Writing classroom resource kit (including 20 reproductions and activities), practical approaches to integrate art and writing across curriculum, and time to plan their own implementation strategies.

Registration Cost: $175*
30 Continuous Education Hours included in cost. 

*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 or are a pre service teacher.
Reduced rate: $125.00

If you have questions or are having trouble registering, please email WAM’s Director of Education, Jamee Yung, at

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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)

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.