Educator Classes and Events

The Ohio Craft Museum offers professional-development workshops for educators each academic year. Previous topics include narrative clay sculpture, taught by Columbus artist Julie Byrne and more recently a 3 month series called Art + Mindfulness; workshops designed to inspire individuals to create art with more meaning. To read more about this series click on the “Art + Mindfulness” link to the left. To receive emails about upcoming educator events, please add your email to the form at the bottom of this page.

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Click Here to Register for On the Surface Workshop!


Pre-work Information:
Workshop fee includes 25 lbs of cone 5/6 A-Mix White Stoneware clay, available to pick-up at the Ohio Craft Museum in mid-March. Participants will create 15-20 test tiles & 10-15, 1lb test pots/vessels (hand built or thrown) and bisque fired to cone 04.  Attendees are welcomed to make some additional test pieces out of the cone 5/6 clay they use most often and bring those along.

Detailed Description on Glazing with Tracy:
This action packed, 3-day, hands on workshop with Tracy Gamble will focus on application of AMACO’s main cone 5/6 – glaze lines (Potter’s Choice, Celadon, Satin Matte and Shino). Special decorating techniques using Velvet Underglazes, drawing on bisque clay and additional bonus demonstrations (newsprint image transfer onto bisque using Underglaze & Mishima technique) are all part of the action. Bring bisque fired test tiles and small test pot creations to class to experiment on. Tracy is delighted to share tips and techniques for applying, combining, accenting and testing with these glazes. As a bonus for this workshop David Gamble (Skutt Ceramics Products) will do his famous Kiln Talk on the 2nd day of the workshop. Glazes and clay will be provided by AMACO. The plan is to fire our tests and experiments in the kiln, on site, each day. Bring your sketch book, glaze brushes and your sense of adventure and humor! Open to all skill levels.

Please call or email Phyllis with any questions you may have; 614-486-4402,

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Teach at the Museum

Educators! Teach at the Museum! Share your artistic knowledge with our Young Masters and Teens. During the summer the Ohio Craft Museum offers the opportunity for young people to explore the arts through our Young Masters Camp (grades 1-6) and Teen Summer Workshops (grade 6-12). Teaching Proposals are excepted starting in December, if you’re interested in proposing a class(es) for Young Masters – Click Here, for Teen Workshops – Click Here, complete and submit a proposal. If you’re simply interested in getting more information contact Phyllis Walla-Catania at or 614-486-4402.

Artist and Educators! We offer adult programs throughout the year. If you’re interested in teaching a class or workshop contact Phyllis at the email above and let’s begin the conversation about making that happen!


Educational Opportunity
Bring Your Students to Winterfair … Free Admission!

Columbus Winterfair is a fine-craft fair exhibiting the works of over 400 artists from across the country. Free admission for school groups will be offered on the first day of the fair, Friday 10am-8pm. Schedule your group asap by emailing Phyllis, Education Coordinator, at Deadline for registering a tour is November 21st, please leave the following information when registering: 1)-Teacher Name, 2)-School, 3)-Contact Phone #, 4)-Your first choice of arrival time, starting at 10am (times assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis), 5)-Number of students and number buses, and 6)-number of teachers/chaperones.

Many artists will demonstrate their craft during the fair hours. We encourage your students to talk with these and other artists to get the most out of their visit. View this educational packet with suggested questions and activities here. Your students will also be able to participate in an interactive art exhibit and a hands-on art-making activity.

Art-to-Go Boxes

The Ohio Craft Museum’s Art-to-Go boxes are traveling mini-exhibitions containing art objects, lesson plans and teaching resources. Educators may check them out to use in the classroom or on their own in order to gain further understanding of the art forms contained within. These resources provide a great opportunity to teach about unique works of art in an in-depth manner that encourages exploration, integration, and cross- cultural connections. To borrow an Art-to-Go box, please call the Education Department at 486-4402 or email

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These boxes (one for elementary and one for middle/high school) contain objects and materials designed to help students and teachers explore the art and cultures of Mexico and Guatemala. The box contains mask-making forms and instructions for creating animal and human-shaped masks. Have your students prepare for a real or imagined festival, and enjoy the fiesta! Please note that the mask-forms are not available in the summer, but the rest of the box may be checked out.


Student visits to the Ohio Craft Museum

Educators are invited to bring students of all ages to the Ohio Craft Museum for gallery tours, hands-on workshops, “artful thinking” lessons, and more. Depending on the program, the cost varies from completely free to $3-$5 per student. Please call 614-486-4402 or email to receive more information. Workshop requests must be made at least six weeks in advance.


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