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.

Spring & Summer 2017 Workshops for Educators

  • “Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Let’s Facilit8 Learning!
    Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Come explore more ways to teach process standards by shifting the focus of teaching from delivering information to facilitating learning while being inspired by MFAH’s permanent collection and the special exhibition American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection
  • Hearst Foundation Educator Preview
    Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. 
    Join museum educators to learn engaging techniques for integrating art into your classroom utilizing higher order thinking skills! During this evening event for educators, spend time with Museum staff and curators discovering the exhibitions Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection and Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950. 
  • Hearst Foundation Master Class for Educators | SOLD OUT
    Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    In this workshop inspired by the exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, art educators deepen their understanding of key historical moments and movements in contemporary Cuban history.
  • “Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Teacher’s Toolbox
    Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    What’s in your toolbox? Ready to add motivating ideas, teacher-tested lessons, and effective assessments through gallery explorations and cross-curricular units?
  • Summer Institute for Visual Art Teachers
    Tuesday & Wednesday, June 6 & 7, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    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.
  • Learning Through Art Summer Institute: Grades K–5 | SOLD OUT
    Tuesday–Thursday, June 13–15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    This three-day institute for elementary school educators connects the Museum's collections of world art into classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies.
  • Learning Through Art Summer Institute: Grades 6–8 | SOLD OUT
    Tuesday–Thursday, June 20–22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    This three-day institute for middle school educators introduces a new way of thinking about curriculum and professional development in the art museum. Includes entry to the exhibitions Homelands and Histories and Pipilotti Rist.
  • K–8 Educator Seminar | SOLD OUT
    Tuesday–Wednesday, June 27–28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 

    How can the art museum provide a forum to open a dialog about social-justice issues in the classroom? Teachers who are willing to break the mold should join us for this collaborative two-day seminar that includes entry to the exhibitions Homelands and Histories and Pipilotti Rist.

“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, March 9, 2017

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.

Information & registration

Hearst Foundation Master Classes for Educators

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | SOLD OUT

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.

► Information | Please note: The April 1 date is sold out.

Summer Institute for Visual Art Teachers

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 6 & 7, 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. 

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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