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Classes and Workshops

Are you interested in experimenting with new media and art techniques in the museum? Join us!

We offer classes and workshops for teens during Family Festivals, in the summers, and on Saturdays throughout the year. Visit for a drop-in program, register for a Saturday workshop, or apply for a week-long summer program at the museum.

Saturday workshops combine gallery experiences with art making in the studio. These workshops are offered one Saturday each month, and topics change regularly based on artwork and exhibitions in the museum. Participants explore the galleries and then get the chance to create their own artworks in the studio using a wide variety of media and techniques, from traditional to digital.

Selected Saturdays, 11:00-4:00
$10 members, $12 nonmembers
Registration required; please click on the workshop links below to register and e-mail with questions.

March 28, 2015
Not-So-Super Heroes: Comics and Illustration
What makes a hero? Explore the intersections of comic books and art as you create your own hero and design your own comic book cover by experimenting with design, lettering, and character development.

Register online!

April 18, 2015
Chatter: Design, Writing, and Art
Get inspired in the special exhibition Chatter: Architecture Talks Back and push yourself to imagine how you can tell your story through art and architecture in the digital age. Work with a teaching artist to create multi-media artworks that speak to your audience about what is important to you. 

Register online!

May 16, 2015
Print Studio

Get inspired by the prints of Eldzier Cortor and other artists and create your own block prints in the studio, experimenting with form, color, and surrealist themes.

Register online!

 June 27, 2015
Experimental Photography

Explore the surrounding gardens and parks to create your own nature photography documenting human construction of the natural world, inspired by Jean-Luc Mylayne's large scale photographs.

Register online!

 Check out the Teen Programs Facebook page to see photos from past workshops.

Take a look at our Saturday Studio Workshops to explore the summer 2014 programs offered for teens at the Art Institute of Chicago, and keep an eye out here for announcements throughout the year about new summer opportunities.

Teen Studio is a free drop-in program offered during Family Festivals and is best for teens and their families. 

To register for a Teen Studio Workshop, contact us at or (312) 857-7142. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

Workshops fill quickly, so keep an eye on these pages and let us know if you’d like to register for any upcoming programs.