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For Teachers and Schools


CMA is offering workshops specifically for home school families! On the third Tuesday of every month (October to May), from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, homeschool students ages six and up can explore and create in this 2-hour experience. Each month features a new, different topic inspired by our collection or special exhibitions. Registration includes a 45-minute guided tour, 60-minute Studio Thinking Workshop, and Museum admission for the student and one accompanying adult. Parents may choose to drop-off or remain with their child. Registration is $9 per student per workshop for nonmembers, Special Member Price $7 per student per workshop.  2014-2015 Homeschool Classes and Registration here.


The Columbus Museum of Art is always seeking innovative ways to introduce students to great art. We have three new strategies that range from outreach to intensive multi-visit programs. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Lehe at Jennifer.Lehe@cmaohio.org or 614.629.0379.

Art Lab

Art Lab is a group of 15 enthusiastic high school juniors and seniors from Columbus area high schools. Art Lab is a Columbus Museum of Art internship program where teens get to experiment, take risks and play to create programs, workshops and events for the Museum. Exploring ideas driven by personal interests and community need, they produce projects that forge connections between the Columbus Museum of Art, their lives and their community. This core group of 15 teens examines informal learning, teen roles of civic responsibility, and underserved audiences by addressing inclusiveness in museums and what real community engagement at museums can look like. Teen participants are provided with mentoring, advocating, technical content and emotional support as they develop their interests and take on the role of “Radical Culture Producers”.

Time Warner Cable is a supporting sponsor of Art Lab.

Critical Works

Critical Works is a partnership between the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus Collegiate Academy. This program connects the Museum with a middle school that has no arts programming in order to provide a rich arts experience. CMA teaching artists bring authentic, socially charged works of art to the classroom to engage middle-school students in a five-day, trans-disciplinary learning experience. Students explore social issues relevant to their own lives and communicate their concerns through creative expression and experimentation in the medium of printmaking.

Critical Works is presented by JPMorgan Chase Foundation and by an Ohio Arts Council Arts Partnership grant.

Pressing Matters

Through the Pressing Matters program, the Museum forms partnerships with middle schools that lack arts programs in order to provide students with rich arts experiences. CMA staff brings authentic works of art to the classroom to engage students in a two-day, interdisciplinary learning experience. Students will explore social issues relevant to their own lives and will communicate their concerns through creative expression and experimentation. The program includes a day at the Museum where students will explore artwork from the Museum’s collection and see the art that they have created on display. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized this program with a Challenge America Grant.

Pressing Matters is presented by an Ohio Arts Council Arts Partnership grant.

Pressing Matters Goals and Outcomes Worksheet (pdf)


Join us to find out how to transform your classroom into a 21st Century learning environment that encourages disciplined inquiry, collaboration, and creativity.

Teaching for Creativity Institute

Our Teaching for Creativity Institute is for teachers who believe that creativity is essential to education and want to incorporate it into your classroom. Fellows in in our Teaching for Creativity Institute experience a four-day, participatory immersion into practices and ideas for fostering creativity.  Past facilitators have included educational and creativity experts, designers, and artists from organizations such as Harvard’s Project Zero, The Ohio State University, Ashland University, Art21 and the PAST Foundation. This year’s Teaching for Creativity Institute takes place June 16-19, 2015.

2015 Teaching for Creativity Details

2015 Teaching for Creativity Application

For more information, please contact Jennifer Lehe at Jennifer.Lehe@cmaohio.org

The Teaching for Creativity Institute is funded in part from a grant from The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.


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