Kinder Foundation Education Center Gallery

Learning Skills for Life through Art

July 3, 2015–January 10, 2016

Achieving success in today's information-based, entrepreneurial society demands certain skills that are not necessarily taught through traditional curricula. One way students can learn how to approach ambiguous, complex ideas, thoughts, and feelings—skills they will need to succeed in school and throughout life—is through discussions based around works of art.

The exhibition Learning Skills for Life through Art showcases art created by students at McCullough Junior High School in The Woodlands. Art teachers Laurie Stone Adams and Cindy Moss used works of art from Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as the springboard for three themes:

• Portraits That Communicate
Students studied four portraits from the MFAH collections to discover something about the people portrayed: Suzanne Valadon, Portrait of a Nobleman, Kara, and Louise-Antoinette-Scholastique Guéhéneuc. Each student was then challenged to create a drawing of a McCullough staff member to communicate something significant about that person.

• Visualizing Sounds
After examining Wassily Kandinsky's Sketch 160A to see how the artist used evocative colors, half-hidden images, and contrasting picture elements to create an intricate balance, students made their own art by visualizing the sound of a musical instrument and the kind of mood it evokes.

 Objects That Define Who I Am
Inspired by the question “What objects define who you are?” students used their skills of interpretation to consider why certain objects are depicted in the Renaissance work Portrait of a Nobleman. Afterward, students gathered objects that define who they are and created still lifes using those objects.

The partnership between the Museum and McCullough Junior High is based on the shared goal of developing authentic intellectual activity. With the increased reliance on standardized tests, it is more important than ever to teach students how to reach an answer instead of merely choosing an answer.
The Learning Through Art program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receives generous funding from the Kinder Foundation and NORDSTROM.

The Learning Through Art curriculum website is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The MFAH Education Center receives generous funding from the Kinder 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.

Exhibition Schedule

Learning Skills for Life through Art
July 3, 2015–January 10, 2016

Art at the Heart of Learning
January 17–June 28, 2015

Spirited Impressions
July 5, 2014–January 11, 2015

My Public Self
January 18–June 29, 2014