Middle School Program Fall/Spring Program

Develop a Strong Foundation

Research conducted in recent years has shown 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.