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 power point presentation about the history of Winterthur is available here. Download a PDF version of the presentation, which also serves as the script, here.
2013 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.
The Science Behind Art Conservation
Saturday, March 23; 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Winterthur conservators and scientists will lead science and art teachers in case-based explorations of the scientific-principals behind art conservation. Examine objects up close in teh conservation labs, watch conservators in action, and learn practical ways to apply what you learn to your classroom teaching. Our conservators and scientists have honed their teaching skills as professors for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and Winterthur is one of only 15 museums in the country to have a science lab--this is an experience you can't get anywhere else! Special price of $15 per member, $25 per non-member includes lunch.
Saturday, May 4; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
As the school year reaches its zenith, restore your sense of curiosity and creativity. Relax in the garden, take a tour of the house, and try fun, curriculum-based, hands-on activities that you can use in your classroom.
Behind-the-Scenes at Winterthur
Wednesday, July 17; 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 of the objects in our museum and library collections, to keep our 1000-acre estate ship-shape, and to handle the business aspects of this world-class institution. Please bring a brown-bag lunch.
Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience
Saturday, October 5; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Join Martin Brueckner, Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware and curator of the Common Destinations exhibition, for a tour that explores the importance of maps in Early America. Learn about the many ways maps served as social, educational, and political objects for men, women, and children. We'll also discuss the importance of maps in contemporary culture and try a few map-related activities you can use in your classroom.
Saturday, December 7; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Enjoy Winterthur in all its seasonal splendor! Take a Yuletide tour and learn more about preparations involved in this annual display, then try your hand at creating some Yuletide-décor of your own.
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.
Email 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 formand 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 email 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.