Expand the scope of the classroom by adding art to your curriculum. The Art Institute offers afterschool, one-day, and multiday professional development workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas. Programs focus on the value of learning through original artworks in the museum and the resources available to transfer that learning into the classroom. Participants explore the creative process, historical context, and the nature of aesthetic experience while learning effective teaching strategies and making meaningful curricular connections. All workshops are taught by museum education staff along with guest scholars and artists. Teachers can earn CPDUs for all courses and can earn CPS Lane or graduate credit for workshops that last three days or more.

Teachers' Lounge
The museum’s Teachers’ Lounge series is a subset of the annual workshops and is a dynamic set of free programs created by and for educators. These discussion-based programs take place on selected Thursday evenings during the school year and feature museum educators and local teachers presenting about issues and themes relevant to all grade levels and disciplines.

For more information call (312) 443-9092 or to register for workshops, including the Teachers’ Lounge events, visit the Teacher Programs calendar.

Additional teacher programs are offered through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.