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Teacher Salon, Mar 2, 2010
Photo: Kara Clarke, © MCA Chicago


What happens when educators expand the concept of the artist's studio to a broader experimental process of teaching and learning? The MCA and the Art Institute of Chicago collaborate to explore how aspects of the studio experience—investigation, experimentation, critique, and reflection—translate to the classroom. What is effective studio teaching? How are teachers using this process to enhance student creativity and critical thinking skills? What can we learn about the creative process from examining artists' studios?

This program includes two sessions, one at the MCA and one at the Art Institute. Teachers may attend either or both, but must register for each event separately.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 4:30–6:30 pm

Panel presentation, group discussion, and a guided tour of the MCA exhibition Production Site: The Artist's Studio Inside-Out. Guests include: Christa Donner, artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty; Jason Middlebrook, artist; David McKoski, Chicago Academy High School; Diana Stezalski, Chicago High School for the Arts.

To register, call 312-397-3838 or email

MCA teacher programs are free for Illinois teachers. Participants receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage are provided pending availability.

Art Institute of Chicago
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 4:30–6:30 pm

Panel Presentation, group discussion, and a visit to studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

To register, visit, call 312-857-7199, or email