The Huntington’s education programs interpret the collections and promote life-long learning to a broad audience. Programs range from lively preschool programs to intensive five-week teacher institutes.
Each year, school programs introduce the collections to more than 20,000 school children from around Southern California through docent-led tours and hands-on activities. Teachers may choose from more than a dozen different programs, all of which address pertinent state and local education standards. As many as 500 teachers a year participate in professional development activities that feature scholarly lectures and curriculum development.
The Huntington partners with both individual schools and school districts to provide deeper and more long-term engagement with students and teachers. Partnerships include school visits, teacher workshops and institutes, curriculum and teaching resources, and other activities. The Huntington has actively used inquiry-based techniques in teacher training and school field trip practices for years and is working hand-in-glove with educators to help smooth implementation of the Common Core education standards, currently under way.
Huntington educators have collaborated with classroom teachers to develop more than 75 lesson plans that highlight the collections; these are available online and serve schools nationwide. Other educational resources online include interactive websites and introductory DVDs.
More than 10,000 people participate each year in public programs, including classes, workshops, performances, and lectures.
Audio guides for adults and children are available in the European and American art galleries. A down-loadable audio tour for the Chinese Garden is available in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. A wide range of audio material is also available online at iTunes U.
NEW! Huntington U Fall Seminars
Four college-level seminars taught by distinguished professors get under way this fall in the Huntington U series. These six-week courses feature lectures and lively discussions, but there are no papers to write and no final test. Each seminar: $250. To register call: 626-405-2128. Courses filling quickly - register today!
Fall seminars include:
Oct. 1–Nov. 5: William Blake: Poet, Artist, Engraver
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
William Blake (1757-1827) is now recognized as a major poet of the romantic era, a wonderfully imaginative artist, and England’s most innovative print maker. Historian and author of William Blake at The Huntington, Robert Essick leads this six-week Huntington U seminar exploring all aspects of Blake’s multifaceted talents with an emphasis on the world-class collection of Blake’s works at The Huntington. more
Oct. 1–Nov. 5: Shakespeare at 450: Six Perspectives on Hamlet
Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.
Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, a group of Huntington scholars team-teach a Huntington U seminar exploring Hamlet – its conundrums, contexts, and legacies. Discussion topics will include stage conventions, early modern print culture, humanism and calculation, law and ethics in Hamlet, the drama of popular protest, and Hamlet in the American West. Sessions will be led by Heidi Brayman Hackel, Steve Hindle, Heather James, Rebecca Lemon and Carla Mazzio. more
Oct. 3–Nov. 7: Medicinal Plants
Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Almost 50% of pharmaceutical prescriptions written today contain plant-derived active ingredients and up to 80% are based on some synthetic ingredients originally isolated from plants. Where does our knowledge of medicinal plants come from, and how did this traditional herbal knowledge become a $500 billion dollar a year industry? This course investigates ancient medicinal plant history and traditions of both the Old World and the New, discusses the utility of modern drug plants from the 17-21st centuries, and probes current herbal claims, to consider how the efficacy of herbal remedies is clinically assessed today. more
Oct. 3–Nov. 7: American Art, American Stories
Fridays, 1-3 p.m. COURSE FILLED
This Huntington U course, led by Antoniette M. Guglielmo, Ph.D., surveys American art from the Colonial Period to 1900, focusing on the evolution of American narratives and visual approaches to storytelling. During this time span, the colonies became states, the frontier pushed westward across the continent, a rural and agricultural society became urban and industrial, and the United States—reunified after the Civil War—emerged as a leader in world affairs. Throughout, American artists told stories to develop a fine arts tradition, boost the professionalization of artists, create a strong national identity, support the formation of art collections, and negotiate tensions of race, gender, and class. Participants will engage firsthand with artworks in the Huntington’s American Art Collection through thoughtful visual analysis. more
Professional Development Courses for Museum Professionals
Two courses offer instruction in creating compelling exhibitions
Join renowned museum consultant Beverly Serrell for two seminars in November; The Big Idea: Creating the rationale for developing an exhibition, and Label Writing: Developing engaging interpretive labels. These are the last in a series of seminars supported by IMLS grant “Exhibiting Skills: Exhibition Development for Informal Educators.” more
Educational Website on California Missions Supports 4th-Grade Curricula
The Huntington has developed an educational website relating to the exhibition "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" based on California’s Common Core State Standards in support of 4th-grade curricula. Discover “Exploring the California Missions” at missionhistory.org
Explorations in American History Website Excites History Buffs of All Ages
Explore issues of independence, rights and equality; read a letter written by Harriet Beecher Stowe; listen to dramatized readings of the written work of historical figures; and view magnified images of objects such as the U.S. Constitution in this interactive and informative new resource. Take me to Explorations in American History >