Art Educators

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies offers several opportunities for art educators

Educators Art Lab

Summer Art Institute

Graduate level courses

Professional Development Network partnership

High school partnerships

Educators ArtLab

The annual Educators ArtLab, which will take place Sunday, July 19 through Friday, July 24, 2015, is a chance to get back to a college campus setting to revitalize your mind and refresh your thinking.

ArtLab is free to high school art educators and includes on-campus housing, meals and materials as well as visits and receptions at local art museums and galleries. While the program is free for those selected to attend, transportation to and from Kansas City is the responsibility of each educator. Only those serious about attending should apply.

This one-week residency is limited to 30 people. Application and $25 application fee are due Friday, March 6. Applicants will be notified of acceptance the first week of April.

Those accepted into the program and attending will have the option of earning two graduate level credits for the program at a cost of $250. Attendees will be contacted at a later date to secure this option if they so choose. 

When completing the online application, applicants will choose one of the following studio options-click on a studio to learn more:

  • Printmaking

  • Fiber

Applications for summer 2015 will open August 1, 2014 

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Summer Teacher Institute

Art educators of all grade levells are invited to enroll in one of our three immersive studio options that will focus on relevant curriculum development, techniques and creative expression.  )

Studios Offered in 2015:

  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Ceramics

Educators may choose between two options:

1)  For $800, educators will receive two-graduate level credits, food, housing (dorm living with a roommate), events and a welcome kit.

2)  For $600, educators will receive two graduate level credits, food, events and a welcome kit.

No application is required; enroll online by June 15, 2015.  The materials fee covers all supplies for each studio.

Graphic Design ($50 material fee)

  • Enroll in the housing option
  • Enroll in the non-housing option

Painting ($100 material fee)

  • Enroll in the housing option
  • Enroll in the non-housing option

Ceramics ($120 material fee)

  • Enroll in the housing option
  • Enroll in the non-housing option

Graduate level courses

KCAI offers graduate level courses in the fall, spring and summer. Tuition is $250 per course and each course counts as two graduate level hours.

Area art teachers interested in enhancing their curriculum will benefit from the weekend format of the classes, which typically are held Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Additional work after each class is required and due to the instructor three weeks after each course ends. Transcripts can be ordered online here. There is a $5 processing fee per transcript.

Hotel accommodations

Many art educators make our graduate level classes a weekend getaway. Below is information on hotel accommodations. 

Main campus

Holiday Inn (Main Street)
Marriot (Main Street)

North campus

Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa
Hilton President (downtown)
Marriott (downtown)

Professional Development Network partnership

The Kansas City Art Institute‚Äôs School for Continuing and Professional Studies is now a part of the Professional Development Network (PDN), a branch of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. KCAI has been approved as a continuing education provider for the CSDGKS.

As part of this partnership, CPS is offering a 25 percent discount to PDN members for all classes except the certificate program classes and Unbottling Creativity workshops. You must have the code to use the PDN discount. Contact your PDN representative for this code or contact Sonja Garrett at

High School partnerships

Art clubs

KCAI is pleased to offer workshops for local high school art clubs to promote art development. For details, contact Sonja Garrett at

Additional programs are offered through KCAI. Click on any of the topics below to learn more.

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H&R Block Artspace
Jannes Library and Learning Center

Learn more about programs for your students.

Continuing education classes
Pre-College Art Lab three week summer residency

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