Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art (TICA): Chicago

Exclusively for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school art teachers.

TICA has welcomed high school teachers to the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) to study and enrich their artistic creativity and teaching practices with contemporary artists, teaching artists, and museum educators in the visual and new media arts since 2001. 

This summer, SAIC invites CPS high school art teachers to be a part of this renowned program as a part of our commitment and partnership with CPS and the CPS Arts Education Plan. SAIC will select up to 15 CPS high school arts teachers to engage and develop under the guidance of SAIC faculty and peers by providing the time and space to reinvest in studio art and teaching practices.

Application Open Date: Submission for TICA: Chicago opens Monday, March 16, 2015

Session Dates: July 13–17, 2015, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

NOTE: A welcome dinner will be held on Sunday, July 12, 6:00 p.m., as well as some lunch events and after-hours activities.

Application Deadline: Extended to Monday, May 18, 2015

New Acceptance Date: Friday, June 5, 2015 (via email)

Program Fee: Most fees covered by SAIC, including program fees, housing, some meals, and most supplies.

Housing:  Rooms are available in SAIC’s 162 N. State Street Residence Hall. Participants are asked to stay in the residence hall for the duration of the session to encourage dialogue and to build a community of peers.

About the Program 

Through TICA, participants engage in dialogue with contemporary artists, teaching artists, and museum educators to build and nurture the creative spirit necessary for high school arts teachers, and, in turn, their students. Participants are encouraged to approach their studio and teaching roles in new and innovative ways that directly impact their own creative growth as well as that of their students, schools, and communities. Each day includes individual studio practices, contemporary art education discussions, visiting artist lectures, and/or tours and lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and/or public art galleries and studios located throughout the city.

Program highlights include:

• Access to the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago and its encyclopedic collection of classical, modern, and contemporary art

• Presentations by visiting artists and arts educators investigating the latest concepts and trends in art and design education

• Opportunities for on-site viewing, discussion, and sharing of teaching strategies in the studios and galleries of SAIC and the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago

• Individual and collaborative studio activities that focus on building meaningful relationships with ideas, materials, and environments

• A variety of extracurricular activities afforded by our vibrant, urban campus and Chicago's numerous cultural institutions

Participants should be prepared to share their innovative approaches with other workshop members. While most art supplies are provided, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, sketchbooks, and other favorite art supplies.