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Art Institute of Chicago

Found In: arts, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Art Institute of Chicago offers programs and online resources for K-12 teachers and students. Teachers within commuting distance of the Art Institute can enroll in single- and multi-day workshops and seminars to learn from museum educators and exchange with other teachers ways to integrate art and museum learning across the curriculum. Illinois pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers, and home school parents can sign up for free admission to the Art Institute.

The online Collections can be searched. An advanced search function is available too. Collection updates are provided. Clicking regions or for photography, textiles, sculpture, and other headings reveals temporal subheadings that can be browsed. Clicking Paintings, 1800-1899 under American, for example, presents 217 works. Listed works represented by thumbnails can be expanded.

Educator Resource Finder links to 36 artwork resource packets, 31 teacher manuals, and 24 thematic websites.

  • One resource packet Flowering Cherry with Poem Slips by Tosa Mitsukoi is a 6-page examination of a 17th century Japanese screen decorated with poems.
  • One teacher manual is the ABCs of Art: A Guide for Early Childhood Education, a 44-page resource with posters, color necklace, art activities, discussion questions, vocabulary words, and literature connections.
  • One thematic website is Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917 is interactive and reveals some art at different stages of development.

Multimedia houses audio and video resources, including lectures, overviews of exhibitions, panel discussions, and behind-the-scenes videos of art installations.

Teachers and students can create their own collections with My Collections. Private collections can be shared on websites, blogs, or social networking sites.



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