For Schools

“I have learned that my students have multiple modalities and ways to express themselves creatively. I have been able to use the techniques and Art Encounter’s vocabulary into my day-to-day lessons. The students have found a variety of ways to express their artwork versus just doing the ordinary or expected thing to do. They have found their inner artist and creativity!”

-Janet Torres, teacher at Haugan School

Our community outreach programs in schools are at the heart of our organization’s mission. We empower students from a broad range of backgrounds through engaging explorations of art that critical thinking, creativity, and self-discovery. Our signature approach of discussing original artworks embraces individual perceptions, while our hands-on workshops build self-confidence and a deeper understanding of the creative process.

In-School Programs

  • ARTiculations: Ten-week art and writing residency ending in a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Language of Art: Three-week residency with professional artist visit
  • Insight Onsight: One- or two-session discussions of original artwork led by our teaching artists

After-School Programs

  • School-Based Clubs
  • Y.O.U.

Custom Programs

Art Encounter would love to work with you to create a custom program that fits the needs of your students! For more information, email

Our outreach programs have maintained long partnerships with the following schools:

• Courtney Language Arts Center
• Dewey Academy
• DeWitt Clinton Elementary
• Gale Math and Science Academy
• Goethe Elementary School
• Haugan Elementary
• Kingsley School (Evanston)
• Langford Academy
• Manierre Elementary School
• North River Elementary
• Oakdale Elementary
• Oakdale School (Waukegan)
• Orrington School (Evanston)
• Otis World Language Academy.
• Washington School (Evanston)