For Teachers

Teacher Workshop

The Nature of Art and the Art of Nature: Connecting Visual Arts and Natural Science
Two-day workshop on Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29, 2017, 9 AM – 4 PM.

Presented by Sarah P. Duke Gardens and The Nasher Museum of Art, this interdisciplinary workshop will explore the possibilities of combining science and art education in the classroom. Open to all K-12 teachers, this workshop will include:

-hands-on art and science activities
-practice of cognitive skills in science and art
-lessons and activities to use in the classroom
-partial CEU credit (1.2 CEUs)

Materials fees are $50.00. Space is limited to 25 people. Participants will be selected from the pool of applicants and notified by June 21st.

Register now for the Summer Workshop by Friday, June 16th.

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Explore Words & Pictures

The Nasher Museum and Durham Public Schools teachers recently collaborated to produce a number of K-2 lessons and downloadable resources that integrate visual arts into the language arts curriculum. These resources, which address Common Core standards and engage 21st Century Skills, are available online for free, thanks in part to a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit

Teacher Resources

K-12 Classroom Activities
Use these classroom activities with your students before or after a guided tour at the museum. These activities and lesson plans were developed with local educators who served on our Teacher Advisory Council.

Can’t make it on a tour? Many of these lessons could also be utilized as stand-alone activities utilizing projected images. Most images can be found in our collection online by searching for the artist and title or by general online searching for the artist and title or email and we will send you a file of images.

Download a PDF of the lesson plans:

Collage – Romare Bearden & Collage Making (K-2)

Collage – Romare Bearden & Collage Making (3-5)

Collage – Romare Bearden & Collage Making (6-8)

Geography – Exploring the South through Photographs (K-2)

Geography – Exploring the South through Photographs (3-5)

Nature Watercolors, Walter Anderson (K-5)

Storytelling with Art (K-5)

The Art of Communication (6-12)

Identity and Place (K-5)

Opinion Writing (9-12)