Teacher Continuing Education

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
To learn more about Teacher
Opportunities at the Frick, contact
Laura Ainsley
Assistant Curator of
Education Adult Programs

Upcoming Workshops and Events
Act 48 Teacher Workshop: Building a Collection—The Power of Primary Sources
With Heinz History Center
Thursday, February 23, 2017
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join the education departments of the Heinz History Center and the Frick Pittsburgh for an in-depth and behind the scenes look at two different types of museum collections. Teachers will tour the History Center’s new Visible Storage gallery, learn how different individuals and institutions have approached collecting and how this is reflected in the stories the collections tell, and work with our educators to explore different ways of building classroom teaching collections. This program includes resource packs with lesson plans and activities as well as information about new digital collection platforms being used in schools. Worth three Act 48 activity hours. $20 Frick Art & Historical Center teacher members and Heinz History Center members; $25 for non-members. Boxed meal included. Registration required at least 10 days in advance of the program.

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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

Call 412-342-4060 to learn more.


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!


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