The Cincinnati Art Museum offers a variety of programs, workshops and presentations for educators to enhance their curriculum and connect students with the art of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Please visit our Calendar for monthly topics and additional details. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.
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As a member of the Cincinnati Art Museum, you will enjoy special discounts, invitations to exclusive exhibition openings and events, get advanced information on what is new at the museum, discover the excitement behind the scenes and receive many other excellent benefits. Join now by choosing the membership level that best fits your lifestyle. Educators, if you are a member you receive 50% both Evenings for Educators and Summer Teacher Institute!
$45 is tax deductible
17th Annual Summer Teacher Institute
Tuesday, July 16-Thursday, July 18, 2019
This three-day professional development program will be hosted at the museum on two days, with a day offsite for an interactive field trip. The goal of Summer Teacher Institute is to empower teachers to try new concepts, as well as to recharge their creative energy before the new school year begins. All attendees will receive lesson plans of the art-making sessions, as well as worksheets and helpful handouts from the writing workshops. CEU certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the program; graduate credit is available through Ashland University.
Please check the website in the spring for more details.
For more information, please call (513) 639-2974 or email [email protected]
Summer Teacher Institute 2018
July 17-19th 2018
The Art of Design: Exploring the Creative Process
In July, educators will explore the ideas of mindfulness, storytelling and the power of the written word during the 2018 Summer Teacher Institute, which focuses this year on the connections between visual art, writing and the design process. Participants will also learn about new applications for such reflective methods in lesson plans and classroom practice. Teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, art advocates, art appreciation volunteers, pre-service education majors, homeschool teachers and teaching artists, as well as community and museum educators, are encouraged to attend.
Summer Teacher Institute 2017
July 18-20th 2017
The Art of Craft
Through our extensive permanent collection, this Summer Teacher Institute will explore the art of craft and its impact on the Cincinnati community. The program will also investigate diverse teaching strategies for using objects and creativity in the Pre-K through 12th grade classroom, including a field trip to the American Sign Museum to explore where science and art meet.
Registration & refreshments 4-5 p.m., program begins at 5 p.m.
Evenings for Educators is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly teacher professional development program. Through the lens of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, Evenings for Educators supports all subjects taught in the classroom. We encourage a STREAM approach as well as 21st Century Learning strategies in the museum and classroom. This program is offered for teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, art appreciation volunteers, pre-service education majors, teaching artists as well as community and museum educators.
Participating teachers will receive CEU certificates in May. Graduate credit available for an additional fee through Ashland University. For more information, email [email protected]
$5 for students
$10 for members
$20 for general admission
Series Pricing (all 8 sessions):
$70 for members
$150 for general admission
If paying out of pocket for the ENTIRE SERIES, please call (513) 721-ARTS to register. If your school will be paying for your Evenings for Educators or Membership registration, please CLICK HERE to fill out our invoice request. We strongly encourage calling or submitting invoice requests for series registration by 9/17/2018. Series registration will still be accepted after 9/17/2018, but we appreciate your understanding.
Thursday, September 20, 2018: Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World
Explore richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts, pages from the Qur’an, calligraphic practice sheets and political decrees in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World. Ainsley Cameron, the Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art & Antiquities will discuss the exhibition, which features works on paper that date from the 9th through the 19th century, from a myriad of countries; including India, Turkey, Iran, Spain and Syria. After the presentation enjoy a docent-guided tour including museum teacher stations. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, October 18, 2018: Photography and the Public Face: Gillian Wearing
Gillian Wearing is a renowned conceptual artist using photography, video and sound to explore relationships between interior experience and the public self. Associate Curator of Photography, Nathaniel Stein will discuss her work and the development of the special exhibition Life: Gillian Wearing. After the presentation enjoy a docent-guided tour including museum teacher stations showcasing lesson plan ideas inspired by the works on view. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, November 15, 2018: The Fabric of India
Learn about Indian textiles and fashion dating from the 3rd to 21st centuries in this special exhibition The Fabric of India. Hear from Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, about the aesthetic, cultural and political importance of both historic textiles and forward-looking fashion from the subcontinent. After the presentation enjoy a docent-guided tour including museum teacher stations showcasing lesson plan ideas inspired by these works. Purchase Tickets
Thursday January 17, 2019: Evening with an Illustrator: My Best Friend Fiona
Are you familiar with the story of Fiona the hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo?
Hear from WCPO cartoonist Kevin Necessary and community reporter Lucy May, on the creation of this illustrated children’s book, My Best Friend Fiona. Through the eyes of Trixie the Tilapia, learn about Fiona’s heartwarming story. After the presentation, join Necessary as he leads a hands on art activity. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, February 21, 2019: Music and Art: Kate Wakefield
Come for an evening of music and art with Kate Wakefield. Originally from Ann Arbor, Wakefield moved to Cincinnati to study Opera at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Learn about her career as a classically-trained opera singer and cellist. Her unique style is created by using her voice, a looping pedal and her cello. Come learn about the connections between the written word, music and art. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, March 21, 2019: Celebrating Women from the CAM Collection
Join us for an evening to celebrate the great women artists in the CAM collection. Assistant Director of School Based Learning, Samantha Gaier, will share insights from her research trip to New Mexico visiting the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe. Afterwards enjoy a docent-guided tour exploring the museum’s collection through the lens of female artists such as Elizabeth Nourse, to Maria Martinez, Mary Louise McLaughlin and of course O’Keeffe. Take that inspiration back to the classroom to use as a basis for new lesson plans. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, April 18, 2019: Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
Learn about artistic movements from Impressionism to Art Nouveau that coalesced in Paris around the 1900 International Exposition. Hear from curator Peter Bell about the exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment, which presents this remarkable moment in European art and culture through a range of works, from posters to paintings, furniture to fashion, sculpture to ceramics. After the presentation enjoy a docent-guided tour including museum teacher stations showcasing lesson plan ideas inspired by these works. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, May 16, 2019: Celebrating the History of the Cincinnati Art Museum
Join us for an evening of celebrating the Cincinnati Art Museum. May is CAM’s birthday month and a perfect opportunity to learn more about the history, architecture and archives that make up the museum we know today. Hear from art museum staff about the story behind this institution founded in 1881. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, October 4, 2018: Evenings for Future Educators: Introduction to CAM
All college education majors are invited to attend this new introductory program for future educators. Come explore how the museum can be a resource for you as both a student and a future educator. Learn more about our teacher professional development programs, how you can get involved and meet other area college students. Enjoy dinner, a gallery experience and an art making activity. Purchase Tickets
Thursday, March 7, 2019: Evenings for Future Educators: From Student to Teacher
All college education majors are invited to the third annual Evenings for Future Educators. This program is designed specially for pre-service or education majors about to graduate. Learn about the variety of resources the museum has to offer both on site and through our website. Enjoy dinner and an art making activity, plus bring your questions to ask to a panel of practicing teachers from a variety of local school districts to help prepare you for interviews and managing your own classroom. Purchase Ticket
Lesson Plans from 2017-2018
September 21, 2017: Kinship: Ana England
October 19, 2017: Behind the Scenes: Exploring the New African Gallery
November 16, 2017: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
January 18, 2018: Idea Share and Creativity Lab
February 15, 2018: Art and the Community
March 15, 2018: Celebrating Women from the CAM Collection
March 29, 2018: Evenings for Future Educators
April 19, 2018: Evening with an Illustrator: Erin Barker
May 17, 2018: Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China
Lesson Plans from 2016-2017:
September 21, 2016: Deeper Comprehension through Modern and Contemporary Art
October 19, 2016: Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth
November 16, 2016: A Snapshot of the Lexington Camera Club
January 19, 2017: Excavating the Ancient World
February 16, 2017: The Art of Arms & Armor
March 16, 2017: Evening with an Illustrator: Laura Kern with Wandeling Press
April 20, 2017: Autism Awareness Month
May 18, 2017: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
These Pre K–2nd grade lesson plans are based off of programs done during REC Reads. REC Reads is on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:00 pm in the Rosenthal Education Center.
REC Reads MLK Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Northern Lights Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Snowman Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Chinese New Year Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Germ Etiquette Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Valentine's Day Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Women's History Month Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Screen Printing Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Spring Flowers Lesson Plan | View Document
REC Reads Terracotta Warrior Shield Lesson Plan | View Document
Education staff members are available to meet with individual teachers or planning teams to develop ways that the Cincinnati Art Museum can be used as an educational resource.
Sessions must be booked a minimum of one month in advance of the desired date. Please have several dates in mind before calling.
FREE. Reservations Required. Call (513) 639-2974 or email [email protected]
Museum staff offers specially designed workshops for educators' professional development sessions or as part of a staff meeting.
Please email [email protected] or call (513) 639-2974 for more information.