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

Act 48 Teacher Workshop:
Myth and Memory—The Rural-Urban Divide

Tuesday, July 28
10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Frick Art Museum, Lexington Education Center

Worth five Act 48 activity hours, this daylong workshop delves into eco-criticism to investigate the ways in which cultural attitudes about wilderness and civilization have changed over time, how they’ve stayed the same, and what they can tell us about ourselves. Cultural criticism from authors like Raymond Williams, who wrote the influential text, The Country and the City, informs standards-based activities in The Frick Art Museum—utilizing the exhibition, Rolling Hills, Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape—and across the site. “A contrast between country and city, as fundamental ways of life, reaches back into classical times,” Williams says, and it is “a myth functioning as a memory.”

$12 teacher members; $16 non-members and guests. Advance registration and pre-payment required.
Call 412-371-0600.

Act 48 Teacher Workshop: Counting on History

Tuesday, August 11

10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Clayton, Lexington Education Center

Elementary as well as upper level math and history teachers can gain insight into ways in which buildings, objects, and other tactile tools can serve as unique vehicles for teaching history and mathematics concepts. Basing its approach on a successful school program model, this innovative workshop, worth five Act 48 activity hours, guides teachers in learning new ways of making math and history come alive for their students. Participants use reasoning, measurement, and computation to solve a series of practical problems based on real events at Clayton more than a century ago. A lively tour of Clayton, the examination of primary sources and the use of manipulatives, both new and historic, offer educators ways to model how math can be used to study history as well as the economics of everyday life.

$12 teacher members; $16 non-members and guests. Boxed lunch provided. Advance registration and pre-payment required.


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