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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; call (312) 443-3902 or e-mail to register.

November 22
The City Lost and Found

Explore the special exhibition The City Lost and Found and create your own innovative  architectural designs to radically reimagine urban life and space. 

December 13
Experimental Painting

Visit the special exhibition focus: Lucy Mckenzie for inspiration and work with an artist in the studio to create your own artworks using experimental multimedia and painting techniques.

January 10
Don’t Be Scared

Working with a teaching artist, teens will explore the special exhibition Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor and create their own haunting artworks.

 February 21, 2015
Experimental Photography

Check out Photography Is ______ to see ways that photography has been used in contemporary art and work in the museum and studio to create your own experimental photos. 

 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.