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 a three-month series on Art + Mindfulness, which are workshops designed to inspire to create art with meaning. To read more about this series click here. To receive emails about upcoming educator programs, please add your email to the form at the bottom of this page.

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Teach at the Museum

Artists and Educators! 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 (grades 6-12). Teaching proposals are accepted starting in October: if you’re interested in proposing a class(es) for teen workshops, click here, and submit a proposal by December 31st. If you’re interested in teaching Young Masters Camp or would like more information, contact Phyllis Walla-Catania at or call 614-486-4402.

Teach at the museum! We offer adult/teen/children’s 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 featuring the works of nearly 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 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 demonstrate their craft during 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 hands-on art-making activities.

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 to encourage exploration, integration and cross- cultural connections. To borrow an Art-to-Go box, please call the Education Department at 614-486-4402 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 and more. Depending on the program, the cost varies from completely free to $5-$10 per student. Please call 614-486-4402 or email to receive more information. Workshop requests must be made at least six weeks in advance. Unfortunately, individualized workshops are not offered during the summer months.


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