Art Educators

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

Educators Art Lab

Graduate level courses

Professional Development Network partnership

High school partnerships

Educators ArtLab

June 21st - 26th, 2020

After closely monitoring the ongoing pandemic, evaluating safety procedures and working with local city officials, KCAI has determined in the interest of preserving the safety, health and well-being of our campus community to cancel this summer's residency.

Kansas City Art Institute’s summer residency program for high-school art educators

KCAI invites art educators to campus to receive guided, rigorous instruction from esteemed faculty on new trends in the creative field. While spending one week dedicated to making art, educators will network with peers from around the country, visit The Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Museum of Art and learn first-hand about life at KCAI. 

2020 studios include painting, illustration and ceramics. 

Residency Cost: $399 fee includes campus housing and meals. 

An additional $275 is required for residents wishing to receive two graduate-level credits for their work in the program. Transportation is the responsibility of the resident.

Application Deadlines:

February 1st Priority Application Deadline for Scholarship Review

March 1st Scholarship Recipients Notified 

Applications are accepted until the program is full. 

Studio Placement:

Space is limited per studio, facilities and interest. If you are interested in attending the program with your preferred studio, you are encouraged to apply before February 1st. KCAI will work to match applicants to their preferred studio when possible and priority is given to early applicants. Painting annually is a competitive studio and applicants interested in painting are encouraged to apply as soon as they are able.

Schedule at a glance:


3 p.m. Check-in, campus tours and welcome reception

Monday through Thursday

8 a.m. - noon, 1 - 5 p.m. Studio

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Optional elective studio, open major studio or networking outing


Studio critique, program exhibition and check-out


Late check-out


Review this Frequently Asked Questions guide or contact us at:  

P: (816) 802-3333 



Read about Missouri art educator and 2019 resident, Nellie Mitchell, and her first-hand experience of the program.


Tuition Payment
KCAI cannot process payment for tuition after the completion of the program. Educators must pay for two graduate level credits at the time of checkout when paying for the program fee.
Gender Neutral Restrooms
KCAI has adopted the policy of gender neutral restrooms on campus in a variety of buildings, including the Living Center. This has been done in an effort to make KCAI’s campus more comfortable, safe and welcoming. KCAI values and celebrates the individuals that come together to form this community and seeks to provide spaces that respect the honor and dignity of everyone regardless of sex, gender or gender expression.

Residence Hall
Local educators that live within a 50 mile radius of the campus are eligible to live off campus during the program while attending mandatory activities and courses. The program fee still applies and commuting students are welcome to participate in meals at the Living Center. All other students will live in the Living Center on campus in individual rooms with a shared floor restroom. The Living Center includes an exercise room, cafeteria and shared living spaces per floor. 15 meals are included.
A 100% refund of the program fee, materials fee and tuition (if applicable) minus $25 processing fee is eligible if dropped two months prior to the program on May 22nd. A 50% refund of the program fee, materials fee and tuition minus a $25 processing fee is eligible after May 22nd to the start date of the program. No refund is eligible if dropped after the first class session. 
Grading Scale: A, B, C, D, F. Use + or – as required for educators completing the program for two graduate level credits. Students are not allowed to retroactively pay for credit, the final deadline to pay to receive credit is the start date of the program. 
Requesting Transcripts
Students that receive graduate level credit may request a transcript on August 1st through the National Student Clearing House. 
Notice of Non-Discrimination
KCAI is committed to a campus environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, where each individual has the right to a positive atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity, KCAI prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, marital status, parental status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other factor protected by law. This policy has been developed to ensure that all members of the campus community can be in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that all concerned are familiar with this policy and aware that any complaint of a violation will be investigated and resolved appropriately. 
Additional policies including campus security, severe weather and more can be found online here. 

Graduate level courses

Each semester, Continuing Education at the Kansas City Art Institute offers weekend courses for area art educators for professional development. Classes meet Friday through Saturday for two graduate level hours. Educators receive grades one month after the completion of the class and are able to request an official transcript at the National Student Clearing House. All classes require ten hours of outside homework and all classes are unique with a variety of mediums offered. 

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.

Hotel accommodations

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

Holiday Inn (Main Street)
Marriot (Main Street)

Professional Development Network partnership

KCAI is a part of the Professional Development Network (PDN), a branch of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City (CSDGKC). Additionally, our School for Continuing and Professional Studies has been approved as a continuing education provider for the CSDGKC.

We are pleased to offer all PDN and CSDGKC members a 20% tuition discount on Art Educator courses. This discount will be automatically applied when members enroll during the following promotional periods: February 1-15, June 15-30, and November 1-15. For credit courses outside of the Art Educators program are not eligible.

High School partnerships

Art Clubs

KCAI is pleased to offer workshops for local high school art clubs to promote art development. 

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

Visit KCAI
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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