The MFAH offers a multitude of learning opportunities throughout the year to help K–12 educators integrate the arts into their classrooms. Most workshops are approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented.

For more information, contact or 713.639.7843.

“Learning Through Art at the MFAH” Summer Institutes

Learning Through Art at the MFAH summer institutes provide the opportunity for elementary and middle school educators to deeply explore the MFAH art collections and discover how to use works of art in classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Discussions and hands-on art projects introduce TEKS and STAAR-aligned lessons that use the visual arts to teach students how to think critically and creatively, and to encourage self-confident, self-motivated, self-disciplined learners. Participants collaborate closely to share ideas and investigate an innovative approach to K–5 learning. Provides 18 hours of SBEC and G/T approved continuing-education credit hours​.


Learning Through Art Summer Institute for Elementary School Educators
June 18, 19 & 20, 2019

Learning Through Art Summer Institute for Middle School Educators
June 25, 26 & 27, 2019

“Learning Through Art at the MFAH” Seminars

Learning Through Art at the MFAH (LTA/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.

► List of LTA/MFAH Workshops 

Workshops can be customized to address specific content areas, STAAR, etc. To discuss your needs, contact or 713.639.7843. All "Learning Through Art" workshops are G/T approved.

Hearst Foundation Master Classes for Educators

Hearst Foundation Master Classes stimulate, inspire, and challenge participants to take their work to a new level. These studio workshops provide unique opportunities to work with successful Houston-area artists and educators. Each event offers hands-on opportunities to kick-start creativity with new ideas, approaches, and materials. Participants receive individual attention, encouragement, and direction from the teaching artists. Educators leave with ideas and inspiration to invigorate their own work, and the work of their students.

• Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art
Sunday, March 24, 12:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Mending: Craft and Community
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Institute for Visual Art Teachers

Presented with Texas Art Education Association, Region 4

Visual art teachers are invited to an intensive, two-day mini-conference to investigate artistic methods, techniques, processes, and materials. Educators can discover ways to bring this knowledge into the studio, and explore ideas for including works from the MFAH art collections in the classroom. 

Multiple workshops are repeated both days, with the opportunity to attend two 3-hour workshop sessions per conference day. Session topics range from ceramics and mixed media to painting, printmaking, photography, and beyond. All studios and gallery experiences are designed for teaching grade levels pre-K to 12.

Registration Fee
$130 includes MFAH admission, parking, lunch, and materials.

► Reserve your seat in advance! When tickets go on sale, purchase online, here. Please note that one ticket includes admission for June 29 & June 30. Tickets for individual days are not available. Questions? Contact

Workshops for K–8 Schools and Districts

The MFAH offers seminars that bridge the Museum’s collection with classroom curriculum throughout the year. Seminars based are conducted at the Museum and 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 to schedule your training.

► See a list of all LTA workshops.

All programs are subject to change. Most programs for educators require preregistration. Seminars and workshops must have a minimum of ten participants to be held. If paying by check, then the check must be received by the Museum a week prior to the program to ensure your reservation. Reservations can not be held without payment. Workshops are transferable but not refundable.

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