Learning Through Art

Learning Through Art at the MFAH connects the Museum’s collections of world art into classroom curriculum for art, literacy, math, science, social studies, and technology. Use the 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 promote development of 21st-century skills that are needed to succeed. LTA/MFAH bridges disciplines and curriculums to enable students to explore key concepts in the real-world context of the art museum.

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.

All “Learning Through Art” workshops are G/T approved.

Online Curriculum

The Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (LTA/MFAH) online curriculum is an exciting way to connect your classroom to the Museum. Discover how the MFAH collections of world art can be used to connect language arts, social studies, math, science, and art to K–12 students. 

The LTA/MFAH curriculum:
• Connects the Museum’s encyclopedic collection with your subject matter.
• Develops students’ higher-order thinking skills.
• Offer free, high-quality images of the MFAH art collections.

► Access the LTA/MFAH online curriculum.

► Learn more about the LTA/MFAH project.

► To see the curriculum in action, and for teaching tips and tools, check out the LTA/MFAH video series, and refer to the LTA/MFAH seminars and workshops listed above, when available.

 For a closer look at LTA/MFAH art lessons, view the illustrated PDFs for first grade, second gradethird gradefourth gradefifth grade, and sixth grade.

Check out these LTA/MFAH virtual learning modules. Additional information and resources for each module can be found here.

• John Biggers, Jubilee: Ghana Harvest Festival
• Fernand Léger, Man with a Cane
• Henry Taylor, Cora’s
• Louis Comfort Tiffany, A Wooded Landscape in Three Panels 
• Teotihuacan, Incense Burner (Incensario) Lid 

Questions? Contact teachers@mfah.org

Teacher Fellows

Become a Teacher Fellow or Parent Leader Fellow

After working closely with Houston ISD for decades, the MFAH is at a pivotal moment in reimaging how to engage the school community—starting with teachers, parent leaders, and PTOs interested in developing new ways for the Museum to serve families, students, teachers, and full campuses as partners in learning, teaching, and through art experiences.

Two groups are being formed for collaborators as paid fellows from HISD schools in Third Ward:

  1. Teacher Fellowship
    K–12 teachers, representing all disciplines for interdisciplinary and STEAM-based approaches to learning, as well as parent leaders who are interested in forging a new path with the MFAH for families.

  2. Parent Leader Fellowship
    HISD parents in Third Ward schools who are interested in advocating for the benefits of partnership and forging new paths with the Museum for families and school communities.

Goals for both cohorts are collaborating with MFAH educators to co-develop new opportunities so that the Museum can become a stronger partner within HISD. Each fellowship group meets and advises MFAH staff over the course of two years and receives a number of benefits for contributing to the Museum, such as memberships, payments through a stipend, etc.

  • Applications are due January 14, 2024.
  • Informational interviews (via Zoom if needed) take place between January 18 and January 26.
  • Final selections and notifications are sent January 31.

Will you join us? Complete the forms for the Teacher Fellow and Parent Leader Fellow cohorts to learn more. Questions? Email teachers@mfah.org

Partnerships with Teachers

Teacher Fellows are distinguished educators from the Houston area who have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for innovative teaching and learning methods in their classrooms. Established in 2011, the Teacher Fellows program brings participants together with MFAH staff to craft new approaches to interdisciplinary classroom curriculum; school and teacher resources; and professional-development opportunities at the Museum. The teachers are selected through their participation in other MFAH activities or recommended by Museum staff members. Learn more about the collaborative process with MFAH educators and teacher fellows here

From Classroom to Home: Promoting Equitable Art Access at the MFAH
Teacher Fellows

Ongoing Workshops at the MFAH

The Museum offers a multitude of learning opportunities throughout the year to help K–12 educators integrate the arts into their classrooms for successful learning, including Learning Through Art at the MFAH workshops!

► See more information about teacher workshops

Workshops for K–12 Schools & 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 teachers@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.

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 for grades 1–6.

Make connections to TEKS and TAKS for grades 6–8:

TEKS and STAAR correlations included

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

The Learning Through Art curriculum website is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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.