For Schools

Student working on watercolor project as part of ARTiculations residency

In our 40+ year history, we have served over 100 schools and over 50,000 students with our signature art encounters.

Our school programs are at the heart of our community engagement to bring art to youth across the Chicago area. 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. Our programs in schools are:

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 school and students! For more information, email our Community Outreach Manager, Leslie Luning, at

“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