Resources for Teachers
Need a few ideas to help reinforce the great things your students learned during a Winterthur school program? Need a bit of inspiration to guide your use of objects as primary sources in the classroom? Look no further! We’ve assembled some great pre-materials, and we offer workshops on a regular basis where you can try activities to use with your own students.
Teachers who book a Winterthur school program receive detailed information about the program content and curriculum in their confirmation packet. A brief powerpoint presentation about the history of Winterthur is available here. Download a PDF version of the presentation, which also serves as the script, here. For tips on planning your visit, read our Field Trip Checklist.
New in 2016 we have added pre- and post-visit material to prepare your students for their visit to Winterthur and summarize the programs content afterwards. There are a variety of activities that can be accessed on our webiste here.
In addition to on-site and off-site programs for teachers and schools, Winterthur also provides teachers with a quarterly e-newsletter titled Classroom Connections, which provides information on the programs we are currently offering and activities that can be integrated into classroom curriculum. Our latest in-classroom activity is related to temperature and humidity and how they affect the preservation of objects. Click on the following link for the activity sheet. To sign up for the quarterly e-newsletter, please visit our sign-up page.
Upcoming Teacher Workshops
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Winterthur Information and Tours office at 302.888.4600 or 800.448.3883 to register. The cost is $15 per person for each workshop, unless otherwise noted. Winterthur Members are admitted free. Delaware teachers wishing to receive credit should also register through the Delaware Teacher Center by calling 800.282.8770. Attendance is limited.
Behind the Scenes at Winterthur
Wednesday, July 20, 2016; 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Come meet a few of the 160 staff members who make Winterthur work. Go behind-the-scenes to learn more about the skills needed to care for the objects in our museum and library collections, too keep our 1000-acre estate ship-shape, and to handle the business aspects of this world-class institution. Please bring a brown-bag lunch.
Empower Your Students with STEAM!
Saturday, October 1, 2016; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Do you love art and science? Are you looking for new ways to share this love with your students? Meet with art conservators at the museum, participate in hands-on activities to share with your students and develop your understanding of the interdisciplinary field of art conservation, which includes hand-skills, as well as knowledge of art-history, and chemistry. Explore opportunities for your students that can take place in either the museum or classroom.
Yuletide at Winterthur
Saturday, December 3, 2016; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Come experience Winterthur in all its seasonal glory! After taking the Yuletide tour, talk with the curator who designs it each year and then engage your creativity as you make a craft that connects to the 2016 theme: Color!
Field Trip Scholarship Application
Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, scholarships are available to qualifying groups based on diversity of student population, percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and the amount of state or federal aid the organization receives. Such financial aid can cover off-site program costs, student admission fees, and transportation costs of up to $250 per day.
E-mail the information, requested below, to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it in a letter to the School Programs Office, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. Alternatively, fax the application letter to us at 302.888.4953.
If you prefer, you can print and fill out this application form and mail or fax it to us.
Apply as soon as possible after making your reservation. We will notify you within two days of receipt to confirm the amount of your award. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Date and title of your program
Teacher’s e-mail address and phone number
Number of students who receive free or reduced lunches
Amount of state/federal aid your organization receives
Name or person or group who usually pays for museum programs or trips
Whether you are applying for transportation funding and the estimated amount needed.