Teacher Opportunities

Just as we’re committed to educating students, the Frick strives to serve as a dynamic resource for educators throughout the community. Whether teachers are hoping to earn continuing education hours, gather inspiration and lesson plan ideas, network with colleagues, or simply enrich their own knowledge, the Frick offers teachers a range of learning experiences that make return visits feel inevitable. Presented in a variety of formats ranging from one- to two-day workshops to open house sessions, Frick teacher programs are interactive, standards-based explorations into themes in art, history and pedagogy that invite participants to engage, connect, and create.

To Learn More About Teacher Opportunities at the Frick

Contact: Laura Ainsley, Assistant Curator of Education, Adult Programs
E mail: lainsley@TheFrickPittsburgh.org

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Teacher Open House  

Teacher Open House: New Roads to Learning

Wednesday, November 4
3:00–6:00 p.m.

Education Center, Car and Carriage Museum

Teachers around the region are invited to a fall open house designed exclusively for educators. Visit our newly-renovated Car and Carriage Museum, gather ideas for using historic objects with students, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres while exploring our brand new multi-classroom education center. Earn two optional Act 48 activity hours by participating in an on-site activity in the Car and Carriage Museum. Free to educators. Teachers wishing to earn Act 48 hours should arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. RSVP by calling 412-371-0600.

Act 48  

Act 48 Teacher Workshop:
Stories within Stories—Narrative and Storytelling in the Arts

Saturday, November 7

9:30–3:00 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

Literacy is the focus of this workshop, which makes use of the temporary exhibition, Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen®. Studying artist Chris Antemann’s use of the literary technique of the frame narrative, or story within a story, educators explore storytelling within the visual arts. Teachers experiment with literacy-building activities that make use of the visual arts and offer ways to provide students with new approaches to building valuable speaking and writing skills. $12 members, $16 non-members.  Advance registration and pre-payment required. Call 412-371-0600.


In-service Programs: At the Frick or At Your School

Consider the Frick as an educational resource for teacher in-service programs at our site or yours. Work with our Education Department to custom design a professional development day for your district, school or department. Programs are standards-based and emphasize cross-curricular connections with special attention to assessment anchors. Suggestions include:

Writing through Art and Artifact
The Museum as a Resource for Your Classroom
Visual Literacy
Object-based Learning


Teacher Memberships

Did you know there’s a category of membership just for teachers and administrators?

You can enjoy all the regular benefits of membership at the individual level, receive free admission for two to all lectures and discounts on Act 48 programs for the low cost of $55.

Contact the Membership Department at 412-342-4086 to sign up today! 


Just for Teachers

Gather a group of at least six teachers and discover how to make curriculum connections to the resources of the Frick!  Take a specialized two-hour tour of Clayton, The Frick Art Museum or the Car and Carriage Museum. Act 48 credit optional. The program is free, but dates and times are limited. 

For details or to schedule your program, contact Assistant Curator of Education, Adult Programs Laura Ainsley, 412-342-4060 or lainsley@TheFrickPittsburgh.org

What Teachers are Saying About Us


Thank you so much for yet another wonderful field trip. The rain did not even dampen my students’ enthusiasm. They loved their day. Many said it was their favorite field trip to date. My parent chaperones were even more excited than my students for the day and they were not disappointed. Many sent me notes thanking me for planning such a worthwhile trip for their children.

Shirley Bates, St Alphonsus School, Wexford, PA

The Frick is the best museum in Pittsburgh. There is so much to do and such a variety to do that multiple groups could be here and engaged in something of interest to all.

Lisa Machado, Bethel Park School District

The docents were knowledgeable and ‘kid-friendly.’

Karen McDowell, Campus School of Carlow University

The GATE/STARR team at PA Cyber offers several field trips each year. The Frick experience is one of the best organized, highly educational, and well-taught events that we attend.

Marian Acon, PA Cyber School

Wonderful field trip experience for my students. We look forward to it every year. It has been written into our 11th grade curriculum!
Brian Devinney, Pine-Richland High School

Your tour guides/docents were very knowledgeable and worked very well with the diverse age range that was brought to your facility. The students have been commenting ever since their trip that they were surprised art and history could be so much fun! Great work! We will be back! We have also discussed the facilities and our experience with various teachers from neighboring schools and districts!
Greg Adams, Freeport Area High School