CAS-previsit-fall2012MOCA believes in the importance of rigorous and playful opportunities that support teachers’ development as learners themselves in addition to providing creative curricular materials and teaching strategies for the classroom. MOCA aims to energize and inspire creativity in teachers with their professional development opportunities. Prices vary with events.

Contemporary Art Start (CAS)

Contemporary Art Start (CAS) is a yearlong visual art and thinking skills program for 3rd-12thgrade classrooms across Los Angeles County, with specialized tracks of professional development for 3rd-5th grade teachers and secondary interdisciplinary teams. Carefully aligned with the Common Core standards, CAS consists of 4 interconnected program elements that make a sustained impact during program enrollment and beyond:

  • extensive professional development both at MOCA and in the classroom (2 LAUSD salary points)
  • two class visits to MOCA, led by MOCA’s staff educators (1:10 staff to student ratio)
  • a sequenced, discussion-based classroom curriculum
  • family involvement opportunities throughout the year, including quarterly Sunday Studio programs and unlimited-use family passes for students

CAS targets visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skill development by training teachers to effectively use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a rigorous, inquiry-based discussion method, with carefully chosen works of art. With practice and coaching within the context of a supportive peer network, teachers also explore how VTS supports learning across the curriculum.

Sign up
MOCA is accepting applications for CAS 2016-17 on a first-come, first-served basis now through April 4, 2018.

​CAS for 3rd-5th Grade
Teachers sign up in pairs from the same school.

​​CAS for Secondary Interdisciplinary Teams​
Middle and high school teachers sign up in interdisciplinary teams of 2-5 members; one participant must be a visual art teacher.

FEE: $110 per teacher. Schools pay for fall bus; MOCA pays for spring bus.
INFO: 213-621-1706 or

CAS-studioproject-Fall2012Programs for art educators

​Think, Sync & Drink

Recharge each September and January with fellow K-12 art teachers and teachers-in-training. Take in timely, crowd-sourced presentations by fellow educators, mingle and network over drinks and light eats, explore MOCA’s exhibitions, and collectively generate the theme for the next Think, Sync & Drink event.

Next event:
The Expanded Classroom
September 24, 5:30-9pm
MOCA Grand Avenue

How can art move beyond the walls of the art room, extending students’ ideas and actions more deeply into schools, communities, and the world of contemporary art practice? Join art teachers from across Los Angeles for an energizing evening of art, networking, and ideas from your colleagues exploring the concept of the conceptually and technologically expanded classroom.

FREE but spacCAS_Core_SeanMe limited
Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres

Workshops at Your School

​MOCA comes to you! We provide 1-2 hour, interactive workshops for school faculties to introduce MOCA programs and explore how looking at and thinking about art supports the Common Core standards.

INFO: 213/621-1706 or


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