For Teachers

Explore exhibitions, gain skills in discussing art, and acquire resources to support classroom learning.


The Crocker is a beautiful setting for all teachers to network, gain skills, and acquire resources that support and extend visual art education. We welcome all-level teachers, school administrators, community educators, and teaching artists to collaborate with us and explore all the Museum has to offer to ensure students have the foundation they need to succeed.

Custom-designed Workshop

Fee: $350 and up
Let the Crocker customize professional development or team building for your group. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: developing creativity with Common Core, art process workshops, art of the Gold Rush, or STEAM integration. Our team of professional Museum educators will work with you to create a customized experience, at your site or the Museum.

Teacher’s Night Out: Educator Soiree
Thursday, October 10, 2019 • 6 – 8 PM • Free for Educators • 21+
Kick off the school year right! You are invited to a special evening at the Crocker for mingling, music and art with just a touch of professional development. Held in conjunction with Art Mix/Combust, this 21+ event features live performances, art activities, art tours, and most of all a wonderful opportunity to connect with the region’s premier cultural organizations who will be on hand to showcase their educational offerings for grades K-12. Complementary wine is available for all educators, and food is available for purchase.

Teacher Workshop: American Indian Art
Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 10:30 AM – 1 PM • $15 members, $20 nonmembers
Using the exhibitions Pueblo Dynasties: Master Potters from Matriarchs to Contemporaries and When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California as inspiration, participants will learn culturally competent ways to teach American Indian art, history and culture in the classroom.

Teacher Workshop: Mindfulness + Empathy
Saturday, February 8, 2020 • 10:30 AM – 12 PM • $15 members, $20 nonmembers
Experience the benefits of mindfulness, including its capacity to build empathy. Techniques will include close observation and meditation techniques.

Teacher’s Day Out: Black History Month Celebration
Sunday, February 16
Now considered one of Sacramento’s premier events for all ages, the Crocker’s Black History Month Celebration will add a new feature in 2020 focused on opportunities and resources related to African American history, art, and culture available for classroom teachers. Teachers will be able to experience hands-on art projects, demonstrations and get lesson plans to take back to the classroom. They will also get a list of teaching artists (in both visual and performing arts) in the region that offer services to schools. Join us for this free and fun event that is certain to help support teaching in amazing ways.

Teacher Workshop: Visual Literacy 20/20
Saturday, March 7, 2019
The ability to make meaning from visual text is an increasingly critical skill for 21st century students. Join us as we delve into theory and practices for developing visual literacy in students and ourselves.

Teacher Workshop: Storytelling Series
Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, May 2 • 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Educators will be introduced to storytelling techniques and apply these skills to the classroom and in introducing art to students. These workshops include close examination of art, hands-on activities, and you will leave with many creative ideas for integrating art in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to attend both sessions.

April 4: Storytelling in Painting
May 2: Storytelling in Ceramics

Rent the Crocker

Whether hosting your wedding or a corporate reception, the Crocker Art Museum is the perfect canvas for your special event. Our unique setting and exceptional service guarantees an unparalleled experience. Please contact the Events Department for more information.

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Jazz Night: Choo Choo Boogaloo

In big-band style, Peter Petty & His Titans of Terpsichore take on songs like Glenn Miller’s “Chatanooga Choo Choo” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train.”

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Conversations That Matter: Immigration

A dynamic panel talk and community discussion on immigration in California, connecting to the themes found in Chiura Obata and Race to Promontory.

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