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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

November 12
Paint and Sculpt
Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams features sculptures, paintings, video, and a wall carving—all forms of visual storytelling. Explore the show with an artist, share your story, and learn new painting and sculpture techniques in the studios. 
Register today

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 November 1.  

January 14
Prints on Paper
Learn the art of printmaking while looking at the museum's collection for inspiration. Create monochromatic and full-color prints with the guidance of a teaching artist in the studios.
Registration opens December 1. 

February 11
Speak, Create, Repeat 
Chicago is well known for its rich history in spoken word. If you want a chance to showcase your poetry or to learn more about the art of spoken word, come out to this workshop and find inspiration in the galleries. We will include some creative art making along the way; no prior experience necessary.
Registration opens January 1.  

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