The Cincinnati Art Museum offers a variety of programs, workshops and presentations for educators to enhance their curriculum and connect students with the art of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Please visit our Calendar  for monthly topics and additional details. Reservations can be made online or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.

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Professional Development

As a member of the Cincinnati Art Museum, you will enjoy special discounts, invitations to exclusive exhibition openings and events, get advanced information on what is new at the museum, discover the excitement behind the scenes and receive many other excellent benefits. Join now by choosing the membership level that best fits your lifestyle. Educators, if you are a member you receive 50% both Evenings for Educators and Summer Teacher Institute!

$45 is tax deductible

Benefits include:

  • Preferred parking in Museum lots
  • Free admission to special exhibitions
  • Invitations to select exhibition openings
  • Invitation to a New Member Reception
  • Invitations to Appreciation and Preview Days at the Art Museum Shop
  • Invitations to Consult A Curator events
  • Privileges in The Mary R. Schiff Library
  • 10% discount at the Art Museum Shop and the Terrace Café
  • 20% discount on gift memberships
  • Free or discounted ticket to CAM programs and events
  • Priority registration to select Art Museum events
  • Subscription to CAM Calendar and Members Magazine
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Receive a 52% discount when registering for Summer Teacher institute and a 50% or more discount when registering for Evenings for Educators

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Summer Teacher Institute 2018
July 17-19th 2018 (
8:30-2 pm daily) 

The Art of Design: Exploring the Creative Process

In July, educators will explore the ideas of mindfulness, storytelling and the power of the written word during the 2018 Summer Teacher Institute, which focuses this year on the connections between visual art, writing and the design process. Participants will also learn about new applications for such reflective methods in lesson plans and classroom practice. Teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, art advocates, art appreciation volunteers, pre-service education majors, homeschool teachers and teaching artists, as well as community and museum educators, are encouraged to attend.

This three-day professional development program will be hosted at the museum on two days, with a day offsite for an interactive field trip. Teachers will sharpen their creative and critical thinking skills by engaging in art-making activities and writing workshops based on the museum’s permanent collection. Docent-guided tours and guest speaker presentations will provide opportunities to discuss specific questions about art history topics or individual artworks. The program will investigate diverse teaching strategies for object-based learning as well as STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math) connections for the Pre-K through the 12th-grade classroom.

The goal of Summer Teacher Institute is to empower teachers to try new concepts, as well as to recharge their creative energy before the new school year begins. All attendees will receive lesson plans of the art-making sessions, as well as worksheets and helpful handouts from the writing workshops. CEU certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the program; graduate credit is available through Ashland University.

Teachers who bring someone new will have their name entered for a chance to win a special raffle prize!

$50 college students, $65 members, $125 non-members. 

Event registration ends at 5 p.m. on June 22, 2018. 

Register Here

For more information, please call (513) 639-2974 or email [email protected]


Previous programs...

Summer Teacher Institute 2017

July 18-20th 2017

The Art of Craft 

Through our extensive permanent collection, this Summer Teacher Institute will explore the art of craft and its impact on the Cincinnati community. The program will also investigate diverse teaching strategies for using objects and creativity in the Pre-K through 12th grade classroom, including a field trip to the American Sign Museum to explore where science and art meet. 

$50 college students, $65 members, $125 non-members. 

For more information, please call (513) 639-2974 or email [email protected]


Down the Rabbit Hole: Design a Clay Carousel Figure Based on an Animal in Literature (lesson plan)


Third Thursdays (September – May), 4 – 7 p.m.
Registration & refreshments 4-5 p.m., program begins at 5 p.m.

Evenings for Educators is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly teacher professional development program. Through the lens of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, Evenings for Educators supports all subjects taught in the classroom. We encourage a STEM to STEAM approach as well as 21st Century Learning strategies in the museum and classroom. This program is offered for teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, art appreciation volunteers, pre-service education majors, teaching artists as well as community and museum educators.

Participating teachers will receive CEU certificates in May. Graduate credit available for an additional fee through Ashland University. For more information, email [email protected]


Individual Sessions:
$5 for students
$10 for members
$20 for general admission

NEW! Now accepting online registration for individual sessions.

View Calendar Purchase Tickets


Series Pricing (all 8 sessions):
$70 for members
$150 for general admission

If paying out of pocket for the ENTIRE SERIES, please call (513) 721-ARTS to register.


If your school will be paying for your Evenings for Educators or Membership registration, please CLICK HERE to fill out our invoice request.

***We strongly encourage calling or submitting invoice requests for series registration by 9/21/2017. Series registration will still be accepted after 9/21/2017, but we appreciate your understanding.***



Program Dates 2017-2018:


September 21, 2017: Kinship: Ana England  

Connections Lesson Plan | Organic Pinch Forms

October 19, 2017: Behind the Scenes: Exploring the New African Gallery

Float Your Boat Lesson Plan | Toothpaste Batik Lesson Plan

November 16, 2017: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

Fashion Transformation Lesson Plan | Fashionable Vessels Lesson Plan

January 18, 2018: Idea Share and Creativity Lab

February 15, 2018: Art and the Community

March 15, 2018: Celebrating Women from the CAM Collection

Collaborative Installations Lesson Plan | Louise Nevelson Lesson Plan 

March 29, 2018: Evenings for Future Educators

April 19, 2018: Evening with an Illustrator: Erin Barker

May 17, 2018: Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

Horsing Around with Media Lesson Plan | Terracotta Army Station Rotation Lesson Plan


September 21, 2017: Kinship: Ana England  

Ceramic artist, Ana England will share her insights into the creation of the Kinship exhibition such as inspiration from nature, patterns, and our kinship between the larger cosmos. Learn more about the connections between art, craft, science and ecology. Following England’s presentation, teachers will take a docent-guided tour of Kinship to experience the large-scale ceramic works in this contemporary craft exhibition. Purchase Tickets


October 19, 2017: Behind the Scenes: Exploring the New African Gallery

In the winter of 2016 the Cincinnati Art Museum reinstalled the African collection. Hear from the Design and Installation team about the mounting process of this exciting new space. Then visit the African gallery on a docent-guided tour to learn more about the pieces in our permanent collection and experience the African art cart and how it can be incorporated as a tour stop. Purchase Tickets


November 16, 2017: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

Celebrate the meeting of science and sculpture with Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Hear from Adam MacPharlain, Curatorial Assistant, Fashion Arts & Textiles, about van Herpen’s role as both an artist and a fashion designer. Learn about the impact technology will have on the fashion industry, as you enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the fashion arts and textiles storage and guided tour of the special exhibition. Purchase Tickets


January 18, 2018: Idea Share and Creativity Lab

Join us for night dedicated to idea sharing, lesson brainstorming, and collaborating with fellow teachers to create new projects for the classroom.  Work in groups to revisit previous lesson plans and dream up new ideas. Then end the evening with an open creativity lab, where you can use art materials to assemble the projects you just brainstormed. Purchase Tickets


February 15, 2018: Art and the Community

Are you curious about the many educational resources in our Greater Cincinnati Community? Come meet and hear from representatives from local art organizations to learn about resources, possible field trip sites, and networking opportunities. Take away resources and brainstorm with museum educators about possible partnerships for the next school year. Purchase Tickets


March 15, 2018: Celebrating Women from the CAM Collection

Join us for an evening to celebrate the great women artists in the CAM collection. From Mary Cassatt, Louise Nevelson, to Deborah Butterfield and Zaha Hadid, come explore the museum’s collection through the lens of female artists. Take that inspiration back to the classroom to use as a basis for new lesson plans. Purchase Tickets


March 29, 2018: Evenings for Future Educators

All college education majors are invited to the second annual Evenings for Future Educators. This program is designed specially for pre-service, or education majors. This program runs from 4:30-6:30 pm. Learn about the variety of resources CAM has to offer both on site and through our website. Bring your questions to ask to a panel of practicing teachers from a variety of local school districts. Purchase Tickets


April 19, 2018: Evening with an Illustrator: Erin Barker

Erin Barker, a local freelance illustrator and designer will be our guest speaker. Barker specializes in illustration for children and has a passion for handmade lettering and calligraphy. Hear from Barker about her life as an illustrator, about her creative process and how to keep your work whimsical and fun! After the presentation, join Barker as she leads a hands on art activity. Purchase Tickets


May 17, 2018: Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

Hear from members of the curatorial staff about the Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China. Jointly organized by the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Heritage Promotion Center and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition will feature a variety of artworks from sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, and jade. After the presentation enjoy docent-guided gallery tours including museum teacher stations showcasing lesson plan ideas inspired by these works. Purchase Tickets



Lesson Plans from last season 2016-2017:

September 21, 2016: Deeper Comprehension through Modern and Contemporary Art

Kadinsky Lesson Plan | Texture Lesson Plan 

October 19, 2016: Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth

Landscapes Lesson Plan | Space Lesson Plan

November 16, 2016: A Snapshot of the Lexington Camera Club

Wacky Landscapes Lesson Plan | KY Renaissance Lesson Plan

January 19, 2017: Excavating the Ancient World 

Grecian and Egyptian Lesson Plan | Math Lesson Plan 

February 16, 2017: The Art of Arms & Armor

Clay Lesson Plan | Sports Armor Lesson Plan

March 16, 2017: Evening with an Illustrator: Laura Kern with Wandeling Press
April 20, 2017: Autism Awareness Month

May 18, 2017: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light

Tiffany Glass Lesson Plan | Modernizing Tiffany Lesson Plan 


These Pre K–2nd grade lesson plans are based off of programs done during REC Reads. REC Reads is on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:00 pm in the Rosenthal Education Center.

REC Reads MLK Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Northern Lights Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Snowman Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Chinese New Year Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Germ Etiquette Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Valentine's Day Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Women's History Month Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Screen Printing Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Spring Flowers Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads Terracotta Warrior Shield Lesson Plan | View Document

Education staff members are available to meet with individual teachers or planning teams to develop ways that the Cincinnati Art Museum can be used as an educational resource.

Sessions must be booked a minimum of one month in advance of the desired date. Please have several dates in mind before calling.

FREE. Reservations Required. Call (513) 639-2974 or email [email protected]

Museum staff offers specially designed workshops for educators' professional development sessions or as part of a staff meeting.

Cost: $100.00

Please email [email protected] or call (513) 639-2974 for more information.

For more information about having a Cincinnati Art Museum representative at your next PTA meeting, please email [email protected] or call (513) 639-2974.

Photos from Summer Teacher Institute 2017