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. We want to hear from you! Take our survey and let us know how we can improve our teacher programs.

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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17th Annual Summer Teacher Institute

Tuesday, July 16-Thursday, July 18, 2019

Myths and Mythology: Traveling the Ancient World

In July, educators will explore myths using the Cincinnati Art Museum collection. From Egypt, Greece, Rome and the ancient Near East to the art of the Islamic world, teachers will enjoy an interactive walk through history, focusing on the conserved art and artifacts, epic poems and geography of the ancient world. 

Teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, homeschool teachers, art advocates, art appreciation volunteers, pre-service education majors and teaching artists, as well as community and museum educators, are encouraged to attend. 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.

Teachers will participate in docent-guided tours, guest speaker presentations and art-making workshops.

The goal of the 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. CEU certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the program. Graduate credit is available through Ashland University.

Register Here

Non-members qualify for an Early Bird discount of 10%! Register before Friday, June 7 by 5 p.m. Log in at the link above and enter STI2019.

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


Previous programs...

Summer Teacher Institute 2018

July 17-19th 2018

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.

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.  

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 STREAM 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

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 9/17/2018. Series registration will still be accepted after 9/17/2018, but we appreciate your understanding.


Program Dates 2018-2019:


Thursday, April 18, 2019: Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

Learn about artistic movements from Impressionism to Art Nouveau that coalesced in Paris around the 1900 International Exposition.  Hear from curator Peter Bell about the exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment, which presents this remarkable moment in European art and culture through a range of works, from posters to paintings, furniture to fashion, sculpture to ceramics. After the presentation enjoy a docent-guided tour including museum teacher stations showcasing lesson plan ideas inspired by these works. Purchase Tickets


Thursday, May 16, 2019: Celebrating the History of the Cincinnati Art Museum

Join us for an evening of celebrating the Cincinnati Art Museum. May is CAM’s birthday month and a perfect opportunity to learn more about the history, architecture and archives that make up the museum we know today. Hear from art museum staff about the story behind this institution founded in 1881. Purchase Tickets



Evenings for Future Educators

Thursday, March 7, 2019: Evenings for Future Educators: From Student to Teacher
All college education majors are invited to the third annual Evenings for Future Educators. This program is designed specially for pre-service or education majors about to graduate. Learn about the variety of resources the museum has to offer both on site and through our website. Enjoy dinner and an art making activity, plus bring your questions to ask to a panel of practicing teachers from a variety of local school districts to help prepare you for interviews and managing your own classroom. Purchase Tickets


Lesson Plans from 2018-2019


September 20, 2018: Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

Elementary Zoomorphic Tiles Lesson Plan | Secondary Impressive Tiles Lesson Plan

October 18, 2018: Photography and the Public Face: Gillian Wearing

Elementary Placards of Word Play Lesson Plan | Secondary Gillian Wearing High School Photography Lesson Plan 

November 15, 2018: The Fabric of India

Elementary Paper Batik Lesson Plan | Secondary Indian Wedding Rituals Lesson Plan

February 21, 2019: Music and Art: Kate Wakefield

Elementary Guitars Lesson Plan | Secondary String Family Collage Lesson Plan

March 21, 2019: Celebrating Women from the CAM Collection

Elementary Show Off Your Curves Lesson Plan | Secondary Figure Drawing Lesson Plan

April 18, 2019: Evenings for Educators: Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

Elementary River Cities Scenes Lesson Plan | Secondary Art Nouveau Meets Contemporary Lesson Plan


Lesson Plans from 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



Lesson Plans from 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 Alphabet Lesson Plan| View Document

REC Reads Apples Lesson Plan | View Document

REC Reads McCloskey Ducks Lesson Plan | View Document

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

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