We offer a multitude of learning opportunities throughout the year to help K–12 educators integrate the arts into their classrooms for successful learning. Most workshops are approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

For more information, contact 713.639.7843 or teachers@mfah.org.

Fall 2017 Workshops for Educators

  • Hearst Foundation Master Classes for Educators
    Saturdays, October 14 & November 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    In this hands-on workshop, learn about engaging with and responding to new ideas, approaches and materials, as well as to encourage your own creativity!
  • Hearst Foundation Educator Appreciation Party
    Friday, October 20, 5–7 p.m.

    We want to thank you for your hard work and dedication with an evening of refreshments, goodies, and access to the galleries! Reserve your spot in advance for free.
  • Learning Through Art K–8 Educator Seminar
    Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Discover how art can bridge disciplines to teach literacy and writing skills, math, science, and social studies. 
  • Hearst Foundation Educator Preview
    Thursday, December 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Learn engaging techniques for integrating art into your classroom through hands-on, inquiry-based activities.

“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 teachers@mfah.org or 713.639.7843. All "Learning Through Art" workshops are G/T approved.

“Learning Through Art at the MFAH” Summer Institutes

Offered in two separate institutes: K–5 and 6–8

Learning Through Art at the MFAH Summer Institutes provide the opportunity for elementary and middle school educators to deeply explore the Museum's collections and discover how to use works of art in their classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. 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. 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.

Hearst Foundation Educator Previews

Thursday, December 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

These preview evenings feature lectures from curators and scholars, tours of exhibitions, interactive workshops, and discussions designed for pre-K–16 teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators. Explore upcoming exhibitions, collection areas, and opportunities at the Museum for educators.

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Hearst Foundation Master Classes for Educators

Saturdays, October 14 & November 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Hearst Foundation Master Classes for Educators are studio programs at the MFAH that stimulate, inspire, challenge, and enable participants to take their work to a new level. The workshops provide unique opportunities to meet, work with, and be inspired by successful artists and educators in the Houston area.

Each workshop offers hands-on opportunities to engage with and respond to new ideas, approaches and materials, and to kick start your own creativity. Participants receive individual attention, encouragement, and direction from the teaching artists. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have ideas and inspiration to invigorate and carry forward your own work, as well as the work of your students.

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Summer Institute for Visual Art Teachers

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 6 & 7, 2107, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

This intensive, two-day institute specialized professional development courses just for visual art teachers! Participants investigate methods, techniques, processes, and materials to teach art to students of all levels. Teachers explore ways to use works of art from the MFAH collections as a vital part of teaching art in the studio. The class is designed for all grade levels of teachers, Pre-K through 12. 

Each participant receives lunch and 12 hours SBEC and G/T approved continuing-education credit hours. 

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 teachers@mfah.org 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.

Questions? E-mail teachers@mfah.org