Evenings for Educators are professional-development programs that feature lively talks, tours of exhibitions, interactive workshops, and discussion designed for pre-K to 12th-grade teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators. Each participant receives an illustrated teacher packet and a certificate of participation. Refreshments are served. Registration is $5, and preregistration is not required. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (please put "Evenings for Educators" in the subject line).
Light, Optics, Perception, and Illusion
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 5:30–8 p.m.
Over the past four decades, artist James Turrell has created some of the most radical and deeply beautiful work of our time. His tantalizing and awe-inspiring installations use the purest of materials—light, framed within space. This kick-off activity features hands-on activities and an exploration of the exhibition James Turrell: The Light Inside.
Shaping Our View on History
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 5:30–8 p.m.
Artists have documented some of the most significant events in history. Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley painted contemporary historical events and real-life people to play roles that had all of the echoes of classical and biblical visual allusion but used contemporary events virtually ripped from headline news. Explore American history through the eye of West and Copley, as on view in American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World.
Recycle, Re-create, and Communicate
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:30–8 p.m.
Experience the stories of Juanito and Ramona as told through the art of Argentinean artist Antonio Berni. Artists often create art to inform and educate the population. Explore the exhibition Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona and how art is used as a social narrative in our communities.
Roads of Arabia
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 5:30–8 p.m.
View Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an exhibition of archeological treasures from the rich history of the Arabian Peninsula. Connect to a section of the world that has bridged civilizations, cultures, and communities for millennia.
The Age of Impressionism
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 5:30–8 p.m.
Take time to explore the exhibition of some of the best-known names in art. This open house is a chance to contemplate, share, and create in the MFAH around some of the most famous masterworks by Degas, Pissarro, Cassatt, Manet, Renoir and many others, on view in The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Georges Braque: A Retrospective
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:30–8 p.m.
One of the most celebrated and least understood artists of the 20th century, Georges Braque brought to art a new way of exploring media, surface, and subject. Focus on Braque's life, art, and inspiration and view the exhibition Georges Braque: A Retrospective.
John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 5:30–8 p.m.
American enthusiasm for Sargent’s watercolors is a century old, having been nurtured by the artist himself through turn-of-the-century exhibitions. His exploration of watercolor as a medium of expression was innovative and took the medium from a recreational to a high art. Explore watercolors and the artist for an evening in the exhibition John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors.
The MFAH Evenings for Educators program is endowed by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.