What is a Lesson Lab?

A Lesson Lab is an informal gathering of CPS teachers in an arts discipline—theatre, dance, music, visual art, or media arts—who want to share lesson plans and teaching ideas. Hosted by teachers at their schools, these lively, grassroots gatherings are a great place to meet other arts teachers, share your best practices, problem-solve with peers around challenges in your classroom, and maybe do some creating of your own!




Upcoming Lesson Labs

No upcoming Lesson Labs are scheduled. Check back soon!


Want to host a Lesson Lab?

Any CPS arts teacher is welcome to propose a Lesson Lab to be held at their school. Just fill out this Google form or email cpsarts@cps.edu.

Lesson Lab Resources

Download valuable presentations and handouts from previous Lesson Labs.

Kiln Operation Basics
Created by Gina Szulkowski (Steinmetz College Prep) and Haydee Lopez (Kelly High School)

Media Arts: Thorp TV
Created by Maximilian Vikhter (OA Thorp Scholastic Academy)

I Just Received a Bunch of Guitars … Now What Do I Do?
Created by John Perryman (Andrew Jackson Language Academy)

Arts and Technology: Lesson Plan Swap-and-Share
Created by Frank Cademartori, Lana Bjornson, and Mike Gleason (CICS-Irving Park)

Graffiti: Street Art in the Classroom
Created by Alex Mendez (Inter-American Magnet School)

Making Digital Puppets with Adobe Character Animator
Created by Juan Zayas (Von Steuben HS)