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Teacher Workshops

Reconnect with your artistic side and develop new techniques and perspectives that you can take back to the classroom. Cleveland Institute of Art's BASIC/TEACHER Workshops are led by professional artists and designers.

Earn CEU credits, network with other art educators, and enhance your skills in digital arts, craft, design, and fine arts. BASIC/TEACHER Workshops take place one Saturday in the fall and spring of each academic year, and one 2-day experience during the summer.

Fall 2015 Classes: 1-day workshops on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Select from 7 different workshops: 

(Courses marked with * are ideal for general K-12 educators)

  • Creative Process for Product Design with Daniel Cuffaro (Industrial Design)
  • Designing for Print with Lisa Gruber Gebby (Graphic Design)*
  • Experimentation in Photography: Abstraction + Projection with Michelle Murphy (Photography)
  • Image Exploration with Amy Green (Jewelry + Metals)
  • Portfolio Preparation for College Entry & Scholarships with David King (Foundations)
  • Visual Storytelling with Michelle Sammons (Foundations)*
  • Yarn Dyeing with Jessica Pinsky (Fiber + Material Studies)


  • 8:30-9:00am: Check-in and coffee
  • 9:00am-12:00pm: Studio workshops part 1
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch 
  • 1:00-4:00pm: Studio workshops part 2
  • 4:00pm: Wine get-together + sharing workshop experiences + hands-on results

TEACHER Workshops Fall 2015: click here

Mark your calendars for Spring 2016

  • TEACHER Workshops on Saturday, April 23
  • Registration open through Monday, April 11
  • Course listing coming soon!

Teachers Believe in BASIC

"The BASIC class on pastel completely transformed the way I teach pastel in the classroom.”
Carol Stephenson, Middle School Art Teacher, Hathaway Brown School

"BASIC programs energize me to go back into the classroom. I believe every teacher should do this. It shows students that you can learn constantly, and learning doesn’t stop at high school. I display each certificate I received from BASIC. "
Jan McAndrew, Art Teacher, Lakewood High School

For more information:

Tom Berger
Director, Continuing Education
216.421.7460 | Contact

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Leslie McCombs
Assistant Director
216.421.7461 | Contact

Spring Teacher Workshops

Join Us for Art, Food, and Fun!

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Who: K-12 Instructors

Register by: Monday, April 11

BASIC is made possible with the generous support of The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

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