Teacher Workshops

Designed for small groups, in-depth teacher workshops use the Museum's art collections and exhibitions to introduce new ways of thinking about the curriculum and to show innovative teaching approaches. Each educator receives an illustrated teacher packet and a certificate of participation. Lunch is provided. Most workshops are approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

For more information, contact 713.639.7590 or schools@mfah.org, or sign up for e-mail updates.

201314 Fall/Spring Teacher Workshops
($45 MFAH members, $50 nonmembers)
• Saturday, December 7 | Early 20th-Century Modern Design—Just for Art Teachers
• Saturday, January 18 | Teacher Workshop “Patterns of Culture”
• Saturday, April 5 | Teacher Workshop “John Singer Sargent”

2014 Summer Learning Through Art Workshops 
(Half-day: $15
MFAH members, $20 nonmembers | Full-day: $35 MFAH members, $40 nonmembers)
• Thursday, June 12: Learning Through Art at the MFAH—“Take a TEK Trek Through America” | CANCELED
• Friday, June 13: Learning Through Art at the MFAH—“Cultures across the Curriculum” | CANCELED
• Wednesday, June 18: Learning Through Art at the MFAH—“Post-Impressionism: #STEAM #TEKS #LTA”
• Friday, June 20: Learning Through Art at the MFAH—“Keeping CURRENT@MFAH!” | CANCELED


LTA/MFAH Workshops for Teachers

Learning Through Art at the MFAH (LTA/MFAH) connects the Museum's collections of world art into the classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Through discussions in the Museum´s galleries and hands-on art projects using everyday materials, LTA/MFAH elementary-level teacher training introduces TEKS and STAAR-aligned lessons that use the visual arts to teach students how to think critically and creatively as well as encourage self-confident, self-motivated and self-disciplined learners. LTA/MFAH bridges disciplines and curriculums to enable students to explore key concepts in the real world context of the art museum while teaching literacy and writing skills, math, science, and social studies. Use the Museum’s elementary curriculum, Learning Through Art at the MFAH, to integrate higher level cognitive skills, such as observing and organizing information, making predictions and communicating ideas and thoughts with art inquiry methods to ultimately promote the students’ development of 21st-century skills that are needed to succeed in the world.

► List of LTA/MFAH Workshops 

Workshops can be customized to address specific content areas, STAAR, etc. To discuss your needs, contact resource@mfah.org or 713.639.7588.


Summer Mini-Conference for Teachers

2014 Program

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 29 & 30
a.m.–3:30 p.m.

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At this annual two-day event, artists and art educators present multiple sessions on art-making, art history, and art education. Each session is based on works of art from the MFAH collections and includes a studio component, held at the Museum's Glassell School of Art. Registration for each session occurs onsite on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. Multiple workshops are repeated both days, with the opportunity to attend two 2.5-hour workshop sessions per day.

Registration is $50 per day. Fee includes materials, lunch, and a certificate of participation. Educators may register for one or both days.  For more information, contact schools@mfah.org or 713.639.7590.


LTA/MFAH Middle School Institute

2014 Program

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
June 24, 25 & 26
10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day

This institute for middle school educators introduces a new way of thinking about curriculum and professional development in the art museum. To foster innovation and economic progress in the 21st century, students today must develop creative, flexible thinking, and problem-solving skills. Research has shown that an education in the arts is key in developing the risk-taking that spurs innovations needed to solve today´s complex and critical challenges. Join this summer program to explore and practice innovative methods for connecting art at the MFAH with teaching and learning.

Invited participants collaborate closely over a three-day period to share ideas, explore the latest research, and explore an innovative approach to middle school learning. Participants become familiar with the Museum's art collections.

Application Information
Morning coffee, lunch, and a certificate of participation for 12 credit hours provided. No fee required. Attendance is by application only.

Application requirements:

  • Must be a current middle school teacher (grade 6–8)
  • An essay of 500 words or less describing yourself and why you think innovation and the arts are important in education
  • An updated résumé

Applications for 2014 due by June 11. Selected participants notified by June 13.

Only e-mailed materials are reviewed. Information: resource@mfah.org


The “Learning Through Art” program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receives generous funding from Cameron International Corporation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

The Middle School Summer Institute is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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