Learning Through Art

Learning Through Art at the MFAH connects the Museum's collections of world art into classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. 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 and middle school curriculum 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.

Through discussions on works of art from the MFAH collections and hands-on art projects using everyday materials, LTA/MFAH 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.

Fall/Winter 2014 Learning Through Art Workshops
Middle School Level, Fall Workshop 1: Saturday, October 4 | “Learning Through Art at the MFAH” Workshop for Middle School Educators
Middle School Level, Fall Workshop 2: Saturday,  November 1 | “Learning Through Art at the MFAH” Workshop for Middle School Educators
Elementary Level: Saturdays, November 8 & December 6 | “Learning Through Art at the MFAH” Workshop for Elementary Educators: Monet and the Seine


Workshops for K–12 Schools & Districts

Learning Through Art at the MFAH connects the Museum’s collections of world art into the classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. The MFAH offers workshops on the LTA curriculum throughout the year. Workshops based on the curriculum are conducted at the Museum, schools, and district facilities. These workshops may be specially designed to suit the needs and interests of the group and can be tailored based on subject area, goals, and grade levels. Contact resource@mfah.org to schedule your LTA training. Through tours of the Museum´s galleries and hands-on art projects using everyday materials, LTA elementary-level teacher training introduces TEKS-aligned lessons that use the visual arts to teach literacy and writing skills, math, science, and social studies.

See a list of all LTA workshops.

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Curriculum Kit

Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston features two curriculum kits: one for grades 1–3 and another for grades 4–6. Each kit contains a teacher’s guide with multidisciplinary lesson charts, illustrated art-making lesson plans, and information about selected works of art; a set of 24” x 36” full-color posters of each work; a CD containing digital images of works of art; a video (DVD or VHS) featuring four Texas artists at work.

Curriculum kits are available for purchase or loan through the Kinder Foundation Education Center. E-mail resource@mfah.org for more information about purchasing materials.

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TEKS and STAAR Correlations

Learning Through Art at the MFAH connects to the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills).

Make connections to TEKS and TAKS.

Now updated with TEKS and STAAR correlations.

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

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.

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