Learning Through Art Teacher Workshops

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 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.

Summer 2014 Workshops

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

A certificate of participation for 3 hours (half-day) or 6 hours (full-day) of SBEC and G/T approved professional development is provided at all Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston teacher workshops.

Half-day workshop registration is $15 for MFAH members and $20 for nonmembers. Full-day workshop registration is $35 for MFAH members and $40 for nonmembers. Please reserve your seat ahead of time.


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 are 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 are due by June 11. Selected participants are notified by June 13.

Only e-mailed materials will be reviewed. Send materials to resource@mfah.org

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Workshops for Schools and 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 is an innovative, interdisciplinary, art-centered curriculum for grades 1–6. LTA/MFAH connects the museum’s collections of world art into the classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. The program 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.

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.

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