Dates/Times: Monday, August 5–Friday, August 9, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Program Fee: Free to selected participants

Extended Deadline: All TIDAL applications must be received by Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Teacher Institute in Digital Arts Learning (TIDAL) is designed for Chicago-area middle school teachers interested in exploring the intersection between traditional art education and an exciting range of digital technologies. Participants engage in studio projects that combine new technologies with existing educational methods. Art and design projects will be investigated using a wide variety of materials, processes, and approaches in combination with various software applications. SAIC’s studios, digital resources, and the Art Institute of Chicago museum collections will provide inspiration for a comprehensive immersion in the areas of art and technology.

Ten grade six through eight teachers working in the Chicago metropolitan area will be selected through an application process requiring an application form, letter of recommendation, and a statement of interest. Participants will be selected representing a diverse demographic cross-section, with a particular focus on under-represented communities. TIDAL applicants must be Illinois Certified teachers currently teaching students between grades six and eight (pre-high school) with basic computer skills and familiarity with Mac systems.

Accepted participants will also be asked to choose a middle school student from their home school to participate in a digital art camp taking place during the same dates as the TIDAL program. Students and teachers will work together throughout the week, under the guidance of SAIC faculty facilitators, as they explore exciting studio projects that take advantage of new directions in art and technology. TIDAL’s middle school students will have access to SAIC’s resources and take field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago’s collections for discussions and inspiration. An art show of participants’ work will round out the week’s program.

SAIC will follow up with TIDAL participants during the 2013–14 school year to evaluate the impact of TIDAL. Participants will be invited to a luncheon and discussion session to share the outcomes of their TIDAL experience for future educational planning and arts and technology programming.

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TIDAL has been generously funded by the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation.