Educators + Counselors

Tree Painting, Summer Educator Micro-Residency 2018
Virtual Classroom Visits for High School Teachers

FAA representatives will visit high schools virtually throughout the fall and spring because of COVID-19 restrictions. We are able to join your Zoom meeting or webinar to present information on the arts. We currently offer three presentations.

During this presentation we will explore the top 10 reasons to join FAA, all the areas of study, and admission requirements. With enough lead time we can also tailor this presentation to fit your specific interests.

Approximately 30 minutes

What does someone with a degree in dance do for a career? If I study architecture but I don't want to build houses and skyscrapers, what job options are there for me? What is an urban planner? If you think you'd like to study art and design, architecture, music, dance, theatre, landscape architecture, sustainable design, or urban and regional planning, this information session will help you find out about all the exciting career options.

Approximately 30 minutes

Learn the best practices for putting together an art and design portfolio. We will show you real examples of portfolio work and offer tips to make your portfolio stronger for admission to the School of Art and Design. 

Approximately 30 minutes

Request a virtual visit for your class

Summer Micro-Residency for Educators

Saturday, June 21–Friday, July 2, 2021

Down deep you're an artist. You've been busy building lesson plans, grading projects, managing classrooms, meeting state guidelines, and nurturing young imaginations—and now it's time to tend to your own creative desires.

Micro-Residency Photo Gallery

Educator-artists from a broad range of disciplines live, work, and collaborate to push the boundaries of their practices. Faculty art and design mentors guide resident artists through critiques, offer challenges, make presentations, provide demonstrations, and engage in one-on-one sessions. A public exhibition culminates the experience.

The residential program fee includes a private room in a new residence hall, all meals, a large shared studio space, faculty mentorship, and use of School of Art and Design facilities. Additional resources such as 3D printing and laser printing are available at student rates.

We are currently accepting applications from artist/educators working in the following media/techniques: all 2D studio art media (drawing, painting, etc.); printmaking; digital design; fibers; installation; digital photography; wood; plaster; mixed-media 3D (not clay).

All participants earn three total continuing education units from the University of Illinois. Graduate credit is not available for this program.

Space is limited. The following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Full-time status at a public or private K–12 school
  • Passion for the proposed residency project
  • Compatibility with a faculty mentor

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)

Residential program fee: $600 (includes room and breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Commuter/nonresidential program fee: $400 (includes lunch and dinner)

All art supplies are the responsibility of each artist.

Our application for the 2021 Summer Micro-Residency for Educators, which will run from Saturday, June 26, to Friday, July 2, will open on November 1. Please check back after that date to apply.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, our previously scheduled on-campus micro-residency during the summer of 2020 was canceled. But 30 educators from around the world participated in a virtual micro-residency for educators over three weeks from their homes. Strong connections were formed, teachers were inspired, and a lot of amazing pieces of artwork were created. 

Coming soon: a gallery of pieces from the 2020 Virtual Micro-Residency for Educators

Additional Opportunities

At this time additional opportunities for groups to visit may not be available or may be altered because of COVID-19 safety measures.

Tour the second-largest museum of fine arts in Illinois. Students typically see four galleries and discuss a work or two in each gallery during the visit. The one-hour tours are designed to strengthen students' ability to examine pieces carefully, think critically about them, and interpret them. Guides provide background on the artists, information about the style and historical time of the works, and context for their creation. See Krannert Art Museum's Tour the Museum page for more information. 

Preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students can experience world-class live events during the day at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a premier space for diverse works. The Youth Series features music from favorites such as Dan Zanes and Friends, movement companies including the electrifying Diavolo, full-length plays from Illinois Theatre, puppetry, and interactive shows. Guides for each event with background information about the performers, links to additional reading, and activities are mailed in advance so that teachers can prepare students and make deep connections to classroom work.