Teacher Workshops

THURSDAYS FOR TEACHERS includes opportunities for teachers from all disciplines, who are actively teaching in a school system, to engage in special training to integrate art into their curriculum. Typically held in-person, for the 2020–2021 school year we will offer FREE virtual sessions to connect with Joslyn’s collections through gallery talks, looking exercises, and art-making activities! 


Thursdays for Teachers is complete for 2020–2021.

We will be back in Fall 2021!



Lesson plans and teaching posters from previous sessions are available online through the Nelson Teacher Resource Center.

Do you have an inquiry? Call (402) 661-3847 or click here to e-mail Joslyn's Director of School Programs & Interactive Media.

What's pictured: Teachers worked with artists Kathy and Elmo Diaz to create the stained glass Joslyn logo during the April 2015 Thursdays for Teachers.



Previous Thursdays for Teachers
Did you miss a live, virtual Thursdays for Teachers session? We have you covered. Request access to the recording below. You will also receive a digital Teacher Guide for the session. 

Art Appreciation: Create, Present, Respond, Connect

Take time for yourself and join us for some Art Appreciation where we will cover the basics such as the elements of art, and subjects and styles of art. Discover artist Jules Breton (1827–1906) and the story of his two works in our permanent collection with Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D., Associate Curator of European Art. Participate in a looking exercise with, perhaps, an unexpected impressionistic work with docent Judy Boelts. Join teaching artist Therese Straseski to make an impressionistic landcape or simply follow along. Click here to request this recording.


Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives

Explore Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives with Emma Westbrook, former Curatorial Assistant. This exhibition sheds new light on the famous firm’s artistic and commercial practices, revealing the complex social relationships and surprising modernity of its lavish prints. Also, discover prolific female artist and lithographer Frances Palmer (1812–1876). Participate in a looking exercise with docent Judy Boelts, starting with the "parts of art" and ending with a rich discussion. Join teaching artist Therese Straseski in a fun print-making project. Click here to request this recording.


Native Americans: 1800s to Today

Study new artworks and rediscover old favorites on view in Joslyn’s Durham Gallery (gallery 7), which features Art of the American West, with Annika Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Native American Art. Steve Tamayo, a Sicangu Lakota Culture Bearer who contributed to the Durham Gallery’s fresh interpretation, shares his knowledge, discussing the aesthetic choices and cultural significance of the objects. Finally, discover raw hide container (parfleche) design motifs as you create a paper version with Tamayo. Click here to request this recording.


Leadership: Making a Difference

Explore artists Mickalene Thomas and Rashid Johnson with Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art. Learn about how Thomas leads the charge to carve out a defined, lasting space for Black bodies and narratives in art. Rashid's work addresses the power of the amplified voice in fighting for change. Participate in a looking exercise with docent Judy Boelts. Together you will look closely at works with a leadership theme and activate your critical thinking muscles. Inspired by Mickalene Thomas portraiture, create a layered "power portrait" with Joslyn teaching artist Therese Straseski. Discover how to create a variety of skin tones with watercolors and learn how to draw the facial features. These portraits will embody a person’s power. Click here to request this recording.