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 2016 Programs for Educators

  • Educators Open House
    Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
    At this annual event, institutions throughout the Houston Museum District offer information and presentations about opportunities for teachers, student teachers, homeschool educators, and administrators. Free to educators who register!
  • Learning Through Art K–8 Educator Seminar: Learning Through Art  + Project Based Learning = Higher Order Thinking
    Saturday, October 15

    Engage in project-based Learning experiences and dynamic approaches that bridge math, science, ELA, and social studies with the arts. Through small-group discussions, inquiry/critical thinking activities, technology resources, and hands-on activities, you'll discover new tools to strengthen your classroom learning environment while investigating sculptures from ancient to modern.
  • Hearst Foundation Educator Preview: Focus on Degas: A New Vision | SOLD OUT
    Thursday, October 20

    Explore the exhibition Degas: A New Vision with museum educators and your colleagues! Learn techniques to engage your students in deep looking, problem-solving, and analyzing and synthesizing with works of art. Spend imitate time with curators diving into the exhibition while discovering the wide range of Edgar Degas’s works of art. This program introduces how to look at works of art as well as gives you a chance to geek out on Degas!
  • Learning Through Art Seminar for Elementary Educators: Focus on “Degas: A New Vision”
    Saturday, November 5

    Invite Edgar Degas into your classroom! Let him inspire your students’ learning with his painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Visit his masterpieces in our galleries and interact with his works of art through interdisciplinary lessons that inspire students to think critically and creatively. What better way to spend your time with Degas!
  • Hearst Foundation Educator Preview
    Thursday, November 10

    Explore the exhibitions Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Helen Levitt: In the Street, Julian Onderdonk and the Texas Landscape, and more with museum staff and curators to discover how to bring works of art into your classroom! Learn looking and conversation techniques to bridge your classroom to imperial Chinese Art. Connect Helen Levitt’s photographs of New York City to your language arts classroom.  Learn how to connect your social studies curriculum to Onderdonk’s impressionist visions of the Texas landscape.
  • Hearst Foundation Master Class for Educators
    Saturday, November 19

    Welcome Edgar Degas into your studio! In this workshop for art educators, the celebrated French artist kick-starts your creativity with his painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Visit the masterpieces on view in Degas: A New Vision, then stimulate, challenge, and take your work to a new level!
  • Learning Through Art K–8 Educator Seminar: #Learning@MFAH
    Saturday, December 3
    Looking for ways to engage every student in every subject? Learn creative strategies to explore “pathways to personalized learning.” Utilize technology and learn multiple instructional modes to scaffold students’ learning while engaging in collaborative discussions derived from art experiences in the galleries. Find your engaging multidisciplinary lessons here.

“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 Master Classes for Educators

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.

Summer Mini-Conference for Teachers

At this annual event, teachers attend sessions presented by artists and art educators on art making, art history, and art education. Each session is based on works from the MFAH art collections and includes a studio component.

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