Middle School Programs: Fall, Winter, and Spring

MS Fall and Spring


Middle School Program (Ages 10-13) Spring Courses are Underway! Fall 2022 Courses Will Be Posted in Mid-Summer 2022.

Our courses are designed to allow students to focus on their interests, learn new skills, and bring their ideas to life. We offer course subjects, facilities, and resources not available to young creators anywhere else in the world.

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What Makes our Middle School Program Special:

  • Students are able to dig deeply in their areas of interest. Each course provides an immersive experience that teaches young makers both conceptual and technical skills, while allowing them the freedom to explore and innovate.
  • Our museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, is an integral part of students’ experiences. Be prepared to have your child teach you about their favorite pieces in our collection!
  • Our faculty are not only amazing mentors and teachers, but have robust artistic practices themselves. Each online class has one instructor and one classroom assistant, allowing for a 7 to 1 student-to-adult ratio.
  • Our courses are great ways to make new friends who share similar interests.

What Does Online Learning Look Like?

At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the nation’s premier art and design school, we understand that self-expression, out-of-the-box thinking, and cultural awareness flourish when kids make art. With us, students learn to explore, imagine, and discover in their own unique ways. We help them on their path to becoming the creators, innovators, and problem-solvers of the future regardless of where their academic interests take them. Join our talented teaching artists in a dynamic, interactive online learning environment that combines virtual visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and other exciting sites online with live demonstrations, studio exercises, and real-time feedback from your instructor.

Example daily schedule:

10-10:15 Log onto your Zoom class: Welcome, community building & reflection
10:15-10:30 Demonstration of skills and techniques & inspiration from your instructor
10:30-11:00 Group work: Class discussions, making together, virtual museum visits, and more
11:00-11:45 Working and making time, check-ins with instructors, stretch breaks as needed (chat will be active so you can stay engaged with your peers and instructors)
11:45- 12:00 Workshare, reflection, learn about the one hour of independent content for that week
12:00-1:00 Each class period will end with one hour of more independent learning; the instructor will provide videos, projects, and other materials for students to engage with.

Common Questions:

Supplies are the responsibility of the student. Instructors will prepare a supply list and students are responsible for obtaining the items on it. The cost of supplies varies by course, and can range between $50 and $100. Students may need to purchase additional supplies for specific projects as needed.

Supply lists for courses can be found at the link below one week prior to the first meeting or sooner. 

Course Supply Lists

Not necessarily. Course participation and activities will be structured in a way that best suits the course content and students enrolled. In addition to demonstrations, presentations, and group discussions, instructors may provide independent or small group sessions during the scheduled class meeting.

Students enrolled in 10-week credit-bearing courses can expect to meet with their instructors at the beginning of each session, followed by independent work time and 1:1 advising sessions. The group will reconvene at the close of each session to recap the day’s activity and prepare for the following class meeting.