The North Carolina Museum of Art


From gallery tours to professional development workshops and online resources, teachers and their students can explore and enjoy the Museum, both in the galleries and in the classroom.



The NCMA offers a variety of professional development programs and resources both onsite and statewide to help you teach Big Picture learning.


Explore the new ArtNC portal, a teacher Web site designed to help you use art in any classroom. Features include large images of works of art, art-integrated lesson plans, workshop information, and the innovative Concept Explorer, an art-based tool that makes lesson planning fun!

ArtNC News

Visit ArtNC News to get up-to-the-minute program information and creative ideas for your classroom.

Big Picture Workshops

Workshops provide strategies to help you make connections between art and classroom concepts. Workshops include guided gallery experiences and hands-on creative opportunities that can be adapted to the classroom. Lesson-planning ideas and support are provided. More info

Educator Expos

Three annual, free events feature acclaimed artists and educators, showcase Big Picture programs and resources, and offer informal professional development experiences to jumpstart your creativity. More info

Big Picture Teaching Fellowship

The NCMA offers an annual fellowship to support and encourage K–12 educators who are interested in refining their practice of arts integration. Visit ArtNC to learn more.

Student Exhibitions

Want to see your students’ work exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art? Apply today!

The Big Picture and ArtNC are supported by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Press Release (pdf)

Statewide Professional Development

Looking for quality professional development experiences for your teacher workday, team planning, early release afternoon, or PLC? One- or two-hour workshops are offered free to groups of 10 or more teachers. Longer sessions are available for a small fee. Contact Kristin Smith, statewide educator, for more information.

Teacher’s Day Out: Exploring Your Museum of Art

Free; groups of 10 or more
Open to all disciplines and grade levels
Let the Museum become your classroom for your next school or countywide teacher professional development day. Sessions include an overview of our teacher resources and programs and your choice from this menu of topics. Experiences can be tailored to meet your particular needs.

Call (919) 664-6828 or e-mail Gena Stanley to schedule a session. Reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance.

Art of Collaboration

Each school year the Museum partners with four public school systems to bring our collections into classrooms across North Carolina. Art of Collaboration teachers use the visual arts to engage their students in learning about math, science, social studies, and language arts. Since the project's inception in 2007, the Museum has partnered with over 120 middle school teachers from 29 schools in 15 counties across the state. Art of Collaboration is evaluated annually (2012–2013 Report).

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Art of Collaboration is made possible by the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation.


Grow Up Great

Thanks to a generous grant from PNC Bank, Grow Up Great with the Arts joins the North Carolina Museum of Art, Carolina Ballet, and the Wake County Public School System to provide a standards-based pre-K arts integration program for select Title I preschools within WCPSS. This comprehensive, dynamic initiative will foster kindergarten readiness through teacher training, classroom in-services, curricula and resources, field trips, and family activities.



What better way to experience the new gallery building at the North Carolina Museum of Art than through a student tour? We welcome your school group for a free, one-hour docent-led tour for 10 or more people. More info


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Education and school programs sponsored in part by

Wells Fargo Foundation

North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

John William Pope Foundation