The Art Center is a certified professional development provider of the New Jersey Department of Education and offers a variety of innovative ways for art educators to earn professional development hours.
Our programs are designed for pre-K to 12th-grade art educators and incorporate innovative exhibitions, interaction with contemporary artists, and access to our renowned Studio School. We help educators enhance their skills and enliven their classrooms! In addition, our gallery education tours and in-school custom programs provide a unique opportunity to bring students out of the classroom and in touch with contemporary art.
The Art Center’s Teachers Symposia are unique professional development opportunities for art educators to come together and learn new creative skills to bring back to their classrooms.
Studio School Professional Development Credit
All Art Center classes and workshops are eligible for professional development hours. Upon completion of a course, students will be awarded a certificate detailing their participation and the number of hours they have earned. A typical 10-week course equals 25 professional development hours; a typical workshop equals six professional development hours.
Upon completion of a class or workshop, contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org for your professional development certificate.
Lesson Plans for Teachers
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey strives to be a resource for our community. We develop lesson plans in partnership with our gallery exhibitions so that art educators can take the mediums and concepts explored by the contemporary artists on view into their classrooms, deepening the learning experience for child and adult students alike. Below are lesson plans based on the work of artists Julia Jacquette, Matthew Jensen, Alice Momm, and Casey Ruble.
To read a lesson plan from Kerrie Bellisario (Morris County School of Technology) based on Elisabeth Smolarz’s artist talk, click here.
To read a lesson plan based on Spandita Malik’s artist talk, click here.
To read a lesson plan based on Nancy Cohen’s artist talk, click here.
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908.273.9121, ext. 213 or email@example.com.