Educator Programs

The McNay offers continuing professional education (CPE) for teachers. Read about programs for educators below and visit the calendar for information on upcoming programs.

Partial funding for the McNay Art Museum’s education programs is provided by The William Randolph Hearst Fund for Education Programs.

Student Tours

The McNay offers free docent-led tours for student groups. Choose from four different tour options or design your own visit. Book your tour on the Student Tour Page. Ask about our bus reimbursement fund.

For more information, contact the Tour Scheduler at 210.805.1767 or e-mail


Evening for Educators

Three-hour program offered twice per year, in the fall and spring, on a Thursday evening with a keynote address, docent tours, and multiple sessions related to a special exhibition.

Educator and Adult Workshops

Three-hour workshops held on Saturdays or Thursday evenings related to an exhibition, the McNay collection, art media, or a curriculum area.

Receive CPE Credit for McNay Events

In addition to educator events, you may also receive credit for attending selected public programs, including lectures. To receive a CPE certificate, call 210.805.1768 or email providing your name as you would like it to appear on the certificate.


Spotlight is an annual program that invites students to make creative responses to one work of art in the museum’s collection. The culmination of this year-long focus is the Spotlight Celebration, where students have a forum to showcase their finished projects and talk about the creative process. 

Visit the Spotlight page

Summer Teacher Institute

Summer Teacher Institute is a three-day summer conference relating a variety of curriculum areas to art in the McNay’s collection or special exhibitions.

The sessions broaden my knowledge of art and are very motivational and helpful in using it with my young students. All sessions I have attended have added to my use of fine art in the classroom.

~Summer Teacher Institute Participant

Tres Museos: A Museum Day for Educators

Tres Museos is a one-day program in August jointly presented by the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Witte Museum, and the McNay to introduce upcoming exhibitions and programs to area educators before the academic year begins.

Teacher Resource Center

The Teacher Resource Center (TRC) is a lending library of classroom resources, including exhibition catalogues, story books, and DVDs. The TRC acquires resources related to every special exhibition. Borrow an art-related DVD, book, or classroom kit to prepare your students for an upcoming museum visit or to supplement a lesson.