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Learn with My Peers


Contribute to a growing community of peers invested in exploring how art can support learning and empower young people to think critically and develop their creativity.
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Open Enrollment Programs

Participate in full-day and multi-day programs on a variety of topics for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas. Deepen your familiarity with works of art, engage in creative response, and discover resources and teaching strategies that help you make art central to learning. View all upcoming events for educators.

Classroom Connect

Engage with your peers in this three-hour, introductory-level program for teacher groups that introduces the Art Institute’s global collection as a learning resource for all disciplines. During this workshop, you will discover inquiry-based methods for learning with works of art that can be used in both the museum and the classroom.

Fee: $25 per person ($12 per pre-service student)
Minimum 12 participants

To schedule a Classroom Connect workshop, contact us at (312) 443-3575 or

The Art Institute’s Teacher Action Panel

Spark innovation in your teaching by joining the Teacher Action Panel (TAP). This community of educators is committed to developing high-quality arts and museum experiences for their students as part of a rich and dynamic curriculum. TAP members meet several times throughout the school year to share creative ideas for teaching with works of art and to reflect on classroom experiences. 

The Terra Foundation American Sources Program: Teachers Using Artworks as Primary Sources

Discover how to use works of American art as primary source documents to address critical student skills, including analytical thinking, inquiry, and research. During this yearlong professional development program, you will be part of a cohort of middle and high school teachers of English, American studies, and social studies from Chicago Public Schools and suburban schools. This ongoing program welcomes a new group of teachers each year.

American Sources is generously funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

TEAM: Thinking Experiences in the Art Museum

TEAM, a partnership program with 4th- and 5th-grade Chicago Public School teachers and their students, focuses on the development of critical and creative thinking skills through ongoing encounters with works of art from the Art Institute of Chicago collection. This multi-visit program engages students and teachers in their classrooms and in the museum galleries.

For more information, please contact us at

2018–20 participating schools:

  • Francis W. Parker Elementary Community Academy
  • Martha M. Ruggles Elementary School
  • Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School
  • William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy ES

TEAM: Thinking Experiences in the Art Museum is generously supported by Cari and Michael J. Sacks.

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