Learning Through Art at the MFAH is a program for educators that connects the Museum’s collections of world art to 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.

The “Learning Through Art” program is endowed by Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; 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; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.



Past Events in This Series

“Learning Through Art” Educator Seminar “ARTiculation: Art Speaks to All Subjects”

This workshop for teachers uses the MFAH collection of European art to tap into the diverse learning styles of all students. 


“Learning Through Art” Educator Seminar: STEM ⇒ STEAM ⇒ STREAM

This workshop for teachers covers project-based learning experiences that bridge the MFAH art collections with Science, Technology, Reading/wRiting, Engineering, Art, and Math.

“Learning Through Art” Educator Seminar: The Art of Thinking

This workshop shows teachers how to create a culture of thinkers in the classroom by engaging in inquiry-based learning strategies and exploring works of art in the MFAH collections.

“Learning Through Art” Summer Institute for Middle School Educators

Middle school educators can “Gogh” all out at this three-day institute. The Museum’s art collections and exhibitions, including Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art, offer innovative methods for connecting art to your classroom.

“Learning Through Art” Summer Institute for Elementary School Educators

Elementary school educators can “Gogh” all out at this three-day institute. The Museum’s art collections and exhibitions, including Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art, offer engaging strategies to promote learning in the classroom.

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: To You, from MFAH

Custom-made with you in mind, this Learning Through Art workshop for educators tailors information about the MFAH art collections to your lessons and curriculum plans.

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: MFAH & STEAM

MFAH and STEAM make a great team! In this Learning Through Art workshop for educators, engage in project-based learning experiences that bridge works of art with science, technology, engineering, and math.

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: STAARS

Discover ways for your students to be shining STAARs! This Learning Through Art workshop for educators supports critical-thinking skills that contribute to students becoming lifelong learners—going well beyond STAAR.


“Learning Through Art” Summer Institute for Middle School Educators

This three-day Learning Through Art institute for middle school educators introduces a new way of thinking about curriculum and professional development in the art museum.

“Learning Through Art” Educator Seminar

Explore new ground in teaching and learning by developing a learning ecosystem in this Learning Through Art workshop for educators.

“Learning Through Art” Summer Institute for Elementary School Educators

What if Rembrandt had an iPad? This three-day institute for elementary school educators connects the Museum’s collections of world art with classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies.

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Picking up STEAM

In this Learning Through Art workshop for educators, explore interdisciplinary connections picking up STEAM as we go from continent to continent in the MFAH galleries.

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Tips, Tricks & Techniques to Teach TEKS

In this Learning Through Art workshop for educators, discover a bag of tricks filled with strategies designed to invigorate teaching common core standards in all subjects using works of art.


“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar

In this Learning Through Art workshop for educators, discover how art can bridge disciplines to teach literacy and writing skills, math, science, and social studies.

K–8 Educator Seminar

What does the role of art play in considering experimentation and playfulness? How can the art museum provide a forum to open a dialogue about social-justice issues in the classroom? Teachers who are willing to break the mold should join us for this collaborative, two-day seminar.

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Teacher’s Toolbox

What’s in your curriculum toolbox? Collaborate with colleagues as you add motivating ideas, teacher-tested lessons, and effective assessments through gallery explorations and cross-curricular units.

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Let’s Facilit8 Learning!

Explore new ways to teach process standards by shifting the focus of teaching from delivering information to facilitating learning. Draw inspiration from the Museum’s art collections and the exhibition American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection


“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: #Learning@MFAH

Looking for ways to engage every student in every subject? In this workshop for educators, explore the exhibition Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei and learn creative strategies toward “pathways to personalized learning.” 

“Learning Through Art” Seminar for Elementary Educators: Focus on “Degas: A New Vision”

In this workshop for K–5 educators, visit Edgar Degas’s masterpieces and find interdisciplinary lessons that inspire elementary students to think critically and creatively.

 

“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Learning Through Art + Project Based Learning = Higher Order Thinking

In this workshop for educators, learn ways to engage every student in every subject. Through small group discussions, inquiry/critical-thinking activities, technology resources, and hands-on activities, teachers can discover new tools to strengthen the classroom learning environment while investigating sculptures from ancient to modern. Registration • $40 Museum members • $45 Nonmembers Get tickets online, below. A certificate for six hours of SBEC and G/T approved, continuing-education credit hours provided. Questions? Contact teachers@mfah.org or 713.639.7843