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 receive emails about upcoming educator events, please add your email to the form below.

Summer Camp Teaching Opportunity:  Educators, we invite you to submit a proposal to teach at our Teen Camps or Young Masters Summer Camps. See “Teach at the Museum” below.

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.


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.

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.



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.

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.

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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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