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Classes and Workshops

Delve deeper into the museum’s collection and gain new insights through our classes and workshops.

Sketch Classes

Multi-session classes and one-day workshops offer the chance to draw in the museum’s galleries under the guidance of experienced instructors.

All materials are provided. Classes are recommended for ages 16 and up. All levels of experience are welcome. 

Beginners Sketching Workshop
This Beginners Sketching Workshop is currently at capacity. To be added onto the waiting list, please email
Saturday, October 28
Ryan Learning Center, Studio C
$45 members, $55 nonmembers
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20th-Century Color
Thursdays, November 2-December 14 (no class November 23)
Ryan Learning Center
$165 members, $190 nonmembers
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Modern Approaches
Saturdays, November 4-December 16 (no class November 25)
Ryan Learning Center
$165 members, $190 nonmembers
Although all levels are welcome, participants will find it helpful to have some experience with drawing.
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Beginners Sketching Workshop (Level 2)
Saturday, November 11
Ryan Learning Center, Studio C
$45 members, $55 nonmembers
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For additional information about Sketch Classes or Workshops, please call (312) 443-3680.

Art History Lectures and Seminars

This program is offered as a noncredit course within the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Adult Continuing Education program

Modern Art at the Art Institute

Lecture Series
Five Saturdays, September 30-October 28
Price Auditorium
$84.32 members; $93.60 nonmembers; $70.08 SAIC alumni
This course takes a deeper look at the ideals, artists, and historical contexts that characterize early 20th-century modernism. Speakers include curators and educators and emphasizes both the collection of the Art Institute and its special exhibitions on view in the fall.

Schedule of Speakers
Week 1: September 30
Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian & Islamic Art
Week 2: October 7 
Alison Fisher, Harold & Margot Schiff Associate Curator, Architecture and Design
Week 3: October 14
John Murphy, Research Associate, American Art
Week 4: October 21
Katja Rivera, Research Associate, Modern and Contemporary Art
Week 5: October 28
Kathleen Tahk, Rice Postdoctorate Curatorial Fellow, Photography

Gallery-Based Seminar (must be taken in conjunction with Lecture Series) 
Five Saturdays, September 30-October 28

Lecture Series and Seminar 
$168.64 members; $187.20 nonmembers; $140.16 SAIC alumni
This seminar offers a small group the chance to connect what you learn in the week’s lecture even further to the Art Institute’s collection and special exhibitions. Each week, seminar participants look closely at artworks in the galleries and have facilitated small group discussions.

To register, download the registration form and send it in via:
- email to 
- fax to 312.629.6171
- or in person at 36 S. Wabash Ave, Suite 1201, Chicago IL 60603