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High School Programs

High School Programs at the National Gallery of Art activate students’ curiosity, creativity, and intellect. Grounded in a contextual understanding of art history, these programs prioritize depth over breadth, investigating original works of art through the lens of a single specific question or theme. Specially trained museum educators lead students in close looking, group discussion, and reflective writing over the course of these visits. Programs may also include studio art making and visual journaling.

Museum Makers: Exploring Art and Museums
(formerly High School Seminar)

This multiple visit program introduces upper-level high school students to art history,  museum careers, and graphic design.

Creative Writing in the Galleries

Students will give voice to their personal responses to art through creative writing while looking at a selection of artworks in the galleries.

Advanced Art History Workshop: The Figure in Art

Working in the galleries with specially trained museum educators, students will hone their skills in careful observation, interpretation, and essay writing through a variety of guided activities.

High School Studio Workshops

These multifaceted half-day workshops include an in-depth examination and discussion of works of art in the galleries followed by a related one-hour studio art activity.

Teen Program

Check out other programs designed by the Gallery for teens outside of school. Learn more.