About Educator Resource Finder

This online tool was created to help teachers and other educators find resources at the Art Institute that can be used in the classroom and in planning self-conducted museum tours with their students. There are also materials for parents who want to engage their children with works of art both at home or in the museum.

The Educator Resource Finder does not replace the resources that educators have come to know and expect at the Crown Family Educator Resource Center and Vitale Family Room, but helps make all our resources more accessible and integrated.

The following FAQs cover basic information about how to use the Educator Resource Finder.

What types of resources will I find in the Educator Resource Finder?
These resources—called interpretive resources—can be images, artist biographies, teacher manuals, art historical information, maps, videos, podcasts, lesson plans, interactive games—just about anything that can help teachers and parents enhance their visits and plan their lessons. These materials are intended for a wide age range and may be used as a part of a number of different curricula. These online resources can help you find and understand artworks in the collection, explore different art historical topics, get information about contemporary artists, and learn more about the Art Institute.

Where else can I find interpretive resources?
The resources in the Finder represent a portion of our interpretive resources. You can search all of our online resources by using the Interpretive Resources Advanced Search, or find more specialized groups of these resources via the Multimedia and Educator Resource Finder advanced searches. We are adding new resources to our website every week, so check back frequently!

Can I still borrow printed resources?
Yes, you may still borrow printed resources through the Art Institute's Crown Family Educator Resource Center.

How do I find images of artworks?
Artworks in the Art Institute's collection can be found in our online collections site by browsing through collection categories or conducting a search. From the advanced search page you may also choose to find only artworks with images and/or only those with which interpretive resources are associated.

How do I use the tag cloud?
The tag cloud found on the main Educator Resource Portal page is a visual way of seeing the most popular topics covered by the resources found on the site. The larger the word, the more resources are "tagged" with that term by Art Institute staff. Clicking on any of the terms will bring you to a listing of all of the resources with that tag. Selecting the "See all tags" link will bring you to a listing of all of the tags used in the entire Educator Resource Finder site, with the number of resources tagged with that term in parentheses.

Can I save a personalized set of resources so I don't have to start a search over every time I use the Educator Resource Finder?
Yes, you can save resources to My Collections, a feature that allows you to create online collections of resources and/or artworks, annotate them, and e-mail them to friends, family, or colleagues. If you've already set up a My Collections account, you can add resources to any existing collection or start a new one; if you haven't yet registered, get started today.

Collection Updates

To ensure that your museum experience meets your expectations, check our Collection Updates page to learn about gallery closures and major artworks that may be off view during your visit.

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