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Teacher Programs

Discover teaching strategies, find resources to extend classroom learning, and take advantage of thematic professional development opportunities focused on the Art Institute of Chicago's encyclopedic collection.

Single- and multi-day workshops and seminars provide teachers with the chance to learn from museum educators and interact with their peers to uncover the possibilities of integrating art and museum learning across the curriculum.

Visit the Teacher Programs calendar or sign up for our e-newsletter for more information about upcoming events. Check out our Facebook page for teachers and follow us on Twitter!

Expand the scope of the classroom by adding art to your curriculum. The Art Institute offers afterschool, one-day, and multiday professional development workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas. Programs focus on the value of learning through original artworks in the museum and the resources available to transfer that learning into the classroom. Participants explore the creative process, historical context, and the nature of aesthetic experience while learning effective teaching strategies and making meaningful curricular connections. All workshops are taught by museum education staff along with guest scholars and artists. Teachers can earn CPDUs for all courses and can earn CPS Lane or graduate credit for workshops that last three days or more.

Teachers' Lounge
The museum’s Teachers’ Lounge series is a subset of the annual workshops and is a dynamic set of free programs created by and for educators. These discussion-based programs take place on selected Thursday evenings during the school year and feature museum educators and local teachers presenting about issues and themes relevant to all grade levels and disciplines.

For more information call (312) 443-9092 or to register for workshops, including the Teachers’ Lounge events, visit the Teacher Programs calendar.

Additional teacher programs are offered through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Fee: $25 per person ($12 per pre-service student) 

Minimum 12 participants


Classroom Connect is the Art Institute's customized, three-hour professional development program for teacher groups. Starting with works of art, teachers increase their familiarity with inquiry-based teaching methods, including looking strategies, open-ended questioning, and object-based learning activities that can be conducted in both the museum and classroom. Teachers also learn about programs and resources available at the museum.

To register, please contact the Educator Resource Center at (312) 443-3719.

The museum’s schedule of workshops and seminars concludes this year with the Curriculum Fair on May 14, 2015. The large and informal event will provide educators with opportunities to gather and share lesson plans inspired by artworks in the museum, along with related classroom- and museum-based activities and student work samples. All those who have participated in Art Institute professional development programs or used resources from the Crown Family Educator Resource Center during the 2014–15 school year are eligible to submit a curricular project for the Curriculum Fair.

For more information, please call (312) 443-9092. To register for the Curriculum Fair, visit the Teacher Programs calendar.  Check back here this spring to learn more about the submission process.

This annual seminar for parents and other volunteers working in schools provides networking and idea-sharing opportunities. 

Please note the AVIC program will be on hiatus for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents and other volunteers working in schools are encouraged to visit the AVIC wiki for materials from previous years and to take advantage of the following programs and resources available at the Art Institute:

Classroom Connect programs
Crown Educator Resource Center
Educator Resource Finder

For more information, please call (312) 857-7199.