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Outreach Programs: Classroom Visits and Distance Learning

No matter how far you are from Boston, you can bring the MFA into your school! Outreach programs will introduce your students to the rich collections of the Museum using high-quality digital reproductions. These interactive, student-centered programs last 45 minutes, and make direct connections with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. All programs are recommended for grades K-12, but note specific links to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in program descriptions below.

Classroom Visits: Schools within the I-495 corridor of Boston can schedule a museum educator to visit your classroom.

Distance Learning: Schools in any location can schedule a museum educator to virtually visit your classroom via a live, web-supported program.

For reservations, submit a request form at least 4 weeks prior to your preferred dates.

 


Program Topics

MFA’s Greatest Hits

The Greatest Hits outreach program is ideal for learners new to the MFA’s collection. Explore a variety of objects spanning the Museum’s major collection areas in different mediums throughout the ages.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Various)

 

Art of the Americas: Colonial America through the New Nation

The Colonial America through the New Nation outreach program explores three centuries of American art, from early Colonial portraits to history paintings of the early 19th century. Students will look at and talk about paintings that portray figures and events from the American Revolution and emerging nation.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for grades 2-5: HSS 3.1-3.7, 3.12; 5.1–5.2, 5.4, 5.6–5.11, 5.17–5.18)

 

Art of the Americas: Creating an American Identity

The Creating an American Identity outreach program illustrates the events of the 1800s and early 1900s. Students will explore the impact of industrialization, westward expansion, the Civil War, immigration, and the American role in international relations through painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for grades 8-12: HSS US History I and US History II)

 

Art of the Ancient World

The Art of the Ancient World outreach program offers an overview of the Ancient World collection at the MFA, including works from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students will look closely at objects from various ancient cultures, including sculpture, metals, and ceramics.

(Links to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks HSS 7.7 – 7.43, Foreign Language Cultures Strand)

 

Art of Ancient Greece and Rome

The Art of Ancient Greece and Rome outreach program will include a range of objects from Ancient Greece and Rome. Students will explore this pivotal moment in human civilization through images of the dramatic doings of gods on Mount Olympus to the everyday realities of mere mortals.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS 7.24 – 7.43, Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

 

Art of Ancient Egypt

The Art of Ancient Egypt outreach program will introduce students to this remarkable ancient civilization. Students will explore what the Ancient Egyptians valued and believed by examining depictions of pharaohs, artifacts from daily life, and funerary objects including mummies.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS 7.7 – 7.16)

 

Art of Europe: Medieval and Renaissance Art

The Medieval and Renaissance Art outreach program will include European art from the 12th through the 17th century. Students will look at and talk about paintings, sculpture and prints from this time period, including princely portraits, austere monks, and stories from mythology.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS World History I, World History II, Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

 

Art of Europe: 17th Century to Impressionism

The 17th Century to Impressionism outreach program will include European art from the 17th through the early 19th century. Students will look at and talk about key paintings that demonstrate the evolution of European art leading to the Impressionist Movement.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS World History II, Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

 


Policies

Programs may be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.

Classroom Visits

  • We will travel to any school that is within the I-495 corridor of Massachusetts.
  • These programs are intended for individual classrooms of no more than 25-30 students.
  • Multiple program sessions can be scheduled on a single day to accommodate larger groups.
  • Classrooms should have a computer installed with Adobe Acrobat Reader and/or Microsoft PowerPoint, and a digital projector.

 

Distance Learning

  • These programs are intended for individual classrooms of no more than 25-30 students.
  • Multiple program sessions can be scheduled on a single day to accommodate larger groups.
  • The following hardware is required to facilitate a discussion utilizing the technology: a computer and internet connection; a digital projector or other means of projecting web conference to students; web camera; speakers; and a microphone. A group speakerphone is recommended, but computer-based microphones will also work.
  • In order to ensure that your distance learning program goes smoothly, the MFA requires that you complete a technical run-through about a week prior to your scheduled program. This run-through will be scheduled after your program date has been confirmed.

 


Fees

Fees are calculated based on the total number of sessions booked per program topic. Schools will be billed at the completion of their program. Fees are as follows:

  • One session: $150
  • Two sessions: $275
  • Three sessions: $400
  • Four or more sessions: $400 for the first 3 sessions + $100 for each additional session