Hearst Foundation Evenings for Educators

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 at the door. For more information, e-mail schools@mfah.org.

2014–2015 Schedule

New Developments at the MFAH
September 23, 2014, 5:30–8 p.m.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is changing: new artworks, new website for teachers, and a new vision of the future. Take this opportunity to learn what the Museum has to offer you as an educator. Make art in hands-on workshops; socialize with colleagues; and explore some of the new works that the MFAH has on display.

The Science of Art and Vice Versa
October 21, 2014, 5:30–8 p.m.
Science and art overlap in many ways. Both provide methods of investigating the world. Both use theories and hypotheses. Scientists and artists study materials, people, culture, history, religion, and mythology, and both transform that information into something else. Explore two exhibitions at this Evening for Educators: Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art and Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today. Discover the overlap of art and science through hands-on activities, curriculum materials, and exploring the exhibitions.

Monet and the Seine
November 4, 2014, 5:30–8 p.m.
Explore Claude Monet’s fascination with the Seine by tracing his life along the iconic French river. Monet stated, “I have painted the Seine throughout my life, every hour, at every season. I have never tired of it: for me the Seine is always new.” The keynote address for the evening is given by Helga K. Aurish, curator of European art and organizing curator of the exhibition Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River.

Cultural Exchange: Joseon Dynasty
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 5:30–8 p.m.
Discover a line of kings that spans the period from 1392 to 1910 in the longest-lasting Confucian dynasty. The heavy role of symbolism in Korean culture of the Joseon dynasty goes beyond the literal interpretation of nature and natural events. The exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910 consists of more than 150 objects, including paintings, calligraphy, books, ceramics, sculptures, furniture, metal works, and costumes. Experience the highest aesthetic achievements of one of the most important periods in the history of Korea.

Line: Making the Mark
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 5:30–8 p.m.
Line is one of the most fundamental elements of the visual arts. Along with the artist’s hand, techniques of printing and drawing expose qualities of line as simple, complex, absent, gestural, calligraphic, and autographic. See the work of Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, and other artists in the exhibition Line: Making the Mark, and discuss the overlap between geometry and art.

Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:30–8 p.m.
Experience the mystical wonder of Malaysia’s ancient shadow puppetry tradition with “Wayang Kulit: The Shadow Play of Kelantan.” Discover the treasures of the Museum’s Indonesian gold collection and the cultural exchanges and influences between the two cultures.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 5:30–8 p.m.
Peter Paul Rubens was a man of broad talents and interests: He was a diplomat, entrepreneur, and artist in service to powerful patrons across Europe. This evening, celebrate spring as you explore the art of Spectacular Rubens and make connections within the visual arts, social studies, and language arts.

The MFAH Evenings for Educators program is endowed by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.