Registration for Spring 2018 is now open!

To register, download the Middle School Program Registration Form and do one of the following:



Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m
February 11- April 29
This course introduces young designers to fashion with an emphasis on discovering their own style while learning the technical skills that allow them to take their designs from concept to reality. Activities guide students through the process of developing original ideas, finding inspiration for fashion in the world around them, and responding to the work of other artists and designers. Students also explore sculptural draping by using paper to create exciting experimental garments on the dress form. As their designs develop, technical skills are introduced, including printing, embroidery, draping, and machine sewing. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Flaxman Library provide inspiration and supplement the studio experience. Working with hand-dyed fabric and deconstructed thrift store garments, each student creates a complete outfit for a runway fashion show at the end of the course. Lessons/projects change each semester so students may enroll in this course multiple times.


Film, Video, New Media, Animation: 3D Animation Studio  (#2480)
Saturdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
February 10-April 28

3D animation is an exciting and fast growing industry used in most video games and animated movies- think Mario Kart 8, Madden NFL, Frozen, and How to Train Your Dragon. Students in this course learn the basics of 3D animation by creating their own worlds with life forms, digital objects from the Internet, and sound using Maya software. The course begins with introductory exercises to explore the possibilities in 3D animation and ends with students creating their own final projects based on their interests. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, artist presentations, and short animated video viewings supplement the studio experience. **Note: Previous experience with computers and animation is recommended.


Art and Technology (#2487)
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
February 10-April 28

Video games develop exciting characters, tell original stories, build vivid graphics, and present a great opportunity for interactivity- plus they are super fun! In this course, students learn the process of game production through illustrating and coding playable games. Students make use of traditional and digital media such as sketchbooking, storyboarding, Twine, Game Maker Studio, HTML5, sound effect editors, and digital drawing to create one-of-a-kind video games!


Advanced Drawing Studio (#2482)
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
February 10-April 28
This advanced course is for students who have taken the Middle School Program Drawing Studio class or have previous drawing experience and want to explore a wide range of materials and processes to expand their work in new directions. While continuing to build on technical skills, students will focus on drawing as a tool for organizing thoughts, feelings, and sharing their ideas. Students will work with a wide range of materials including pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and mixed media. Digital drawing using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator and Wacom tablets may also be used. Students visit the Art Institute of Chicago to observe and sketch from a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and objects that are used as inspiration for studio work.

Develop a Strong Foundation

Research conducted in recent years shows that arts education stimulates the essential innovation, creativity, and critical thinking skills our children need in today's world. For more than 130 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has offered public programs that strengthen the creative potential of generations of young people. Known previously as the Junior School, the Studios Program, and the Young Artists' Studios, today Continuing Studies' Children's Workshops in Art and Creativity and Middle School Program offer courses designed to give students the skills and confidence they need to successfully meet the unique challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

As students grow, gain confidence in their abilities, and progress to our Middle School Program, they begin to focus on media-specific and interdisciplinary approaches to art and design with an increased emphasis on expanding critical thinking skills. Our connection to the Art Institute of Chicago, access to SAIC's extensive facilities, resources, and outstanding instructors provide students unparalleled educational opportunities.