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Teacher Workshop: Picasso and Chicago—A Special Look for French and Spanish Teachers

March 2, 2013
Ryan Education Center
$30; 4 CPDUs

A study of culture, including the arts, is a regular part of any foreign language curriculum. The work of an artist like Pablo Picasso, who lived and created art in his native Spain and his adopted home of France, has a definitive place in both the French and Spanish classroom. On the occasion of the Art Institute’s special exhibition, Picasso and Chicago, this workshop will introduce teachers to a variety of works by the modern master and explore strategies for engaging foreign language students with works of art. The day will begin with a visit to the special exhibition and selected works by Picasso and his peers throughout the Art Institute, where museum educators will model close looking and discussion techniques. Participants will then view and discuss portions of the film Le Mystère Picasso directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot where we see the artist at work in his studio. The program will conclude with an introduction to resources in the museum designed or suited specifically to the needs of teachers and foreign language instruction.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago. 

This program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registrations. For additional Teacher Workshops please visit the Teacher Programs Calendar.

If you have any questions or special needs, please call 312-443-9092 or email

Reservations are required for this program.

The workshops will be conducted primarily in French and Spanish.

Pablo Picasso. The Old Guitarist, late 1903–early 1904. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.