Educator Classes and Events

The Ohio Craft Museum offers two professional-development workshops for educators each academic year. Previous topics include narrative clay sculpture, taught by Columbus artist Julie Byrne and large-scale paper installations, taught by Columbus artist Leah Wong. To receive emails about upcoming educator events, please add your email to the form below.


Art + Mindfulness

creating art with meaning

The Ohio Craft Museum is offering a three month series suitable for the beginner to the professional artist or educator. Take one or all three workshops in the series for inspiration in creating art with meaning. All three artists will offer insight into their creative strategies and guide participants in their mindful meditative process. The workshops are a combination of demonstration and hands on application.
Fee: $40 per workshop, includes all materials. Save by taking all three workshops for $105. Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm.

Re-create with Leah Wong
January 13

Work alongside Leah Wong to learn her technique of thoughtful re-creation in making paper cutouts and installations. Recycling colorful images from children’s picture books or posters, participants will design playful cut-out artworks. Encouraging free thinking and playfulness in the process of re-creating structures from a starting image, Leah will lead participants in completing at least one piece, preferably multiple pieces, that can be played with in a group setting. Bring a picture book or poster suitable for altering or use what will be available.

Leah Wong received a BFA in painting from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China, and her MFA in painting from Ohio University in Athens. Her paper cutouts and installations explore volume, void, and light and shadow in transformation, to create a dialogue between cultures and concepts. Wong has participated in numerous exhibitions, and her work can be found in many public and private collections. She received the Ohio Arts Council 2017 Individual Excellent Artist Award and was selected as the summer artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown.

Turn the Page with Jeff Nilan
February 10

Work with Delaware artist Jeff Nilan to create your own artist’s book using a coptic binding. Because all parts of the binding are visible in the final product, designers must be mindful of the materials and techniques used in the construction of each book. Emphasis is placed on the selection of archival papers, covers and images, as well as the care and attention to detail. Participants are asked to bring an image, special paper (approximately 8”x10”), etc., to incorporate into the book they’ll design and complete in class.

Jeff Nilan received his MFA in photography from Indiana University. A professor of art at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Nilan’s work has been shown throughout the United States and is housed in multiple collections of artists’ books. His art is influenced by his roots and upbringing in Nebraska, as well as the landscape and culture of the Midwest.


Visual Storytelling with Evangelia Philippidis
March 10

Columbus illustrator Evangelia Philippidis will share the story of her Greek heritage and explain how she incorporates it into her art. She’ll offer storytelling strategies to guide participants in creating their own scratchboard art. This class will focus on sketching out a story and transferring it to the board. Students will learn basic scratchboard printmaking techniques, with results similar to a woodcut. Projects may need to be completed at home. Come with your own images and photos as references, all other supplies will be provided.

Grove City graphic designer Evangelia Philippidis uses the scratchboard technique to create black-and-white and full-color designs. An award-winning illustrator for The Columbus Dispatch for 22 years, Philippidis’s work is influenced by the mythology, art and architecture of Greece, where she was born and lived until the age of 9.

Click Here to Register Online for this class.

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.


Educational Opportunity
Bring Your Students to Winterfair … Free Admission!

Columbus Winterfair, now in its 41st year, 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.

Craftview Plus

Our adult classes now offer additional components for educators. Classroom art teachers can earn credits toward PDUs while acquiring knowledge and experience with new materials and topics at any of our Craftview workshops, listed on our adult education page. To participate in this program, please state your interest during registration.

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 educationATohiocraftDOTorg.

Mexican Masksdotted mask200W

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.

Mugs, Mugs, Mugs: More Than a Cup

flamingo cup200WThis box contains objects and materials about functional and non-functional hand- crafted drinking mugs. These unique objects have been compiled in a traveling collection to present a whimsical exploration of this universal art form. Teachers can use the 14 mugs, made from a variety of materials, to inspire students and encourage the practice of artful looking and thinking. The enclosed book, Book of Cups, gives a closer look at drinking vessels through time.

School visits to the Ohio Craft Museum

Classroom and art teachers 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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