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.
 

Spring 2015 Learning Through Art Workshops
Workshops for Elementary Educators
• Saturday, January 17 | Keeping CURRENT@MFAH!
• Saturday,  February 7 | Cultures across the Curriculum
• Saturday, March 28 | Take a TEK Trek Through America
Workshops for Middle School Educators
• Saturday, February 7 | Understanding Bias and Assumption
• Saturday, March 7 | Developing Endurance
• Saturday, April 11 | Overcoming a Fear of Failure

Online Curriculum

The Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston online curriculum is an exciting way to connect your classroom to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Discover how the MFAH collections of world art can be used to teach language arts, social studies, math, science and art to K-12 students. 

Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curriculum portal consists of four parts:
• Curriculum Connections: Written and tested by Houston-area teachers, Curriculum Connections are flexible and can be easily incorporated into the language arts, social studies, math, science, and art classrooms.
• Image Library: Search by content area and habit of mind or thinking disposition to find the work of art that suits your classroom needs.
• Tips for Teaching: Explore techniques to incorporate object-based teaching into your classroom and to integrate higher-level cognitive skills to promote the students’ development of 21st-century skills.
• Teaching Resources: The online resource pairs Museum collections with materials that can easily be integrated across your K–12 curriculum.

Explore the LTA/MFAH online curriculum

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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 the Kinder Foundation.

The Learning Through Art curriculum website is made possible in part 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 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.

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