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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. Guided by a teaching artist, 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 use the link below each program to register.
Questions? Inquiry at

August 13
Behind the Fashion
Explore the intricate and stunning jewelry and wearable pieces featured in Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection with a teaching artist and delve into their deeper secrets. Then head to the studio for sketching, prototyping, and creating a wearable item that represents an aspect of your life or personality.  
Register today

September 10
Collage Your Way
America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s focuses on the landscape of the United States during the Great Depression when many artists explored and created a new national art world and their identity. Use collage and a myraid of materials to create your own landscape and explore artistic identity with the help of a teaching artist.
Register today 

October 8
Experimental Photography 
Take a closer look at the way photography, drawing, and collage work together in Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, and experiment with different media to create a work of art inspired by the show.
Registration opens on September 1. 

November 12
Paint and Sculpt
Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams features sculptures, paintings, video, and a wall carving that are forms of visual storytelling. Explore the show with an artist, share your story, and learn new techniques in creative planning and sculpture work in the studios. 
Registration opens on October 1.  

December 10
Dance Workshop 
Love to dance? Find inspiration in the Art Institute's collection and celebrate the art of dance. No prior dance experience needed, just come ready to move.
Registration opens on November 1.  

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