The School for Continuing and Professional Studies offers several opportunities for art educators
KCAI invites art educators to campus to receive guided, rigorous instruction from esteemed faculty on new trends in the creative field. While spending one week dedicated to making art, educators will network with peers from around the country, visit The Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Museum of Art and learn first-hand about life at KCAI.
Studio options include painting, fiber and graphic design with rotating evening electives in a variety of mediums. Acceptance is competitive as space is limited.
Residency Cost: $380 fee includes campus housing and meals.
An additional $275 is required for residents wishing to receive two graduate-level credits for their work in the program. Transportation is the responsibility of the resident.
February 1st Application Deadline for Scholarship Priority
March 1st Scholarship Recipients Notified
Educator Siobahn from Massachusettes works on her final painting in studio after hours and discusses EAL. Photo courtesy Silvia Abisaab.
What has been your favorite aspect of the Educator's ArtLab at KCAI?
It's difficult to choose one favorite aspect about the Educators ArtLab at KCAI! The program is so smoothly run, from the check-in process, accommodations, tour of the campus, and time with admissions staff, to the delicious meals. The only thing I had to think about was my class. The class I took (Painting the Landscape with Robert Bingaman) was truly one of the best painting classes I've ever experienced. Part of the joy of this class was just listening to Robert encourage us to pay attention to what we were seeing and not worry about everything we did being so precious. Boy did I need that! We all did!
What motivated you to apply to our program?
Every summer I search for an art experience, hoping to explore a new city and immerse myself in art while learning more about a potential future art school for my many amazing students. I was excited to visit Kansas City and all the fantastic museums (right next to KCAI!) and was also super excited about focusing on my own work for a week. It really is a time to learn more about process and about yourself as an artist!
What do you look forward to bringing back to your classroom?
I am most looking forward to passing on to my students the practice of plein-air drawing and painting and also try to spend more time encouraging them to take chances with their art! I also know I'll be recommending KCAI to students and their families!
Studio time during EAL is two fold; educators will receive the opportunity to work on personal creative development while following guided instruction from esteemed faculty. Educators will leave KCAI with a variety of skills learned in many mediums to adapt to the classroom and practice.
Founded in 1885, the Kansas City Art Institute is one of the oldest and most respected colleges of art and design in the United States. Today, KCAI is a premier, private, fully accredited college of art and design.
Mission: The mission of the Kansas City Art Institute is to prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design.
Vision: The vision of the Kansas City Art Institute is to be an innovative leader in art and design education.
Each semester, Continuing Education at the Kansas City Art Institute offers weekend courses for area art educators for professional development. Classes meet Friday through Saturday for two graduate level hours. Educators receive grades one month after the completion of the class and are able to request an official transcript at the National Student Clearing House. All classes require ten hours of outside homework and all classes are unique with a variety of mediums offered.
Courses are non-cumulative and will not transfer to a master's degree program. Their intent and purpose is to help teachers meet criteria for re-certification and to provide professional development.
KCAI has been approved as a continuing education provider through the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. View course listings or enroll here.
Many art educators make our graduate level classes a weekend getaway. Below is information on hotel accommodations.
KCAI is a part of the Professional Development Network (PDN), a branch of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City (CSDGKC). Additionally, our School for Continuing and Professional Studies has been approved as a continuing education provider for the CSDGKC.
We are pleased to offer all PDN and CSDGKC members a 20% tuition discount on Art Educator courses. This discount will be automatically applied when members enroll during the following promotional periods: February 1-15, June 15-30, and November 1-15. For credit courses outside of the Art Educators program are not eligible.
KCAI is pleased to offer workshops for local high school art clubs to promote art development.
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