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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.

August 9, 2014
Print Studio
Get inspired by the special exhibition What May Come: The Taller de Gráfica Popular and the Mexican Political Print and create your own prints in the studio, experimenting with formal elements to express your creative ideas.

September 13, 2014
Fashion Photography
Check out Edward Steichen's 1920's and 30's fashion photos and experiment with fashion styling, lighting, and a variety of backdrops to compose your own glamour and fashion photos.

October 25, 2014
Fiber Frenzy: Weaving
Explore the textiles galleries and get inspired by patterns, colors, and textures around the museum to create your own woven fiber art using a loom in the studio.

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.