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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) 857-7142 or e-mail to register.

April 19, 2014
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Investigate the visual power of words. Visit Christopher Wool and Nilima Sheikh: Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams. Select an artwork from the museum's collection and describe it in a few concise sentences. Use these sentences to create text-based drawings and paintings. Experiment with stenciling and other techniques to convey your message with visual authority.

May 17, 2014
Teens, 'Toons, and Comics
Spend the day at the Art Institute exploring the museum and working with an artist in the studio to create your own comic. This workshop will explore different illustration techniques and drawing styles.

June 21, 2014
Experimental Photography
Explore the exhibition Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful, then work with an artist in the galleries 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.