Teacher Professional Development

Free Workshops

Work with other teachers and MFA educators to explore ways of enlivening the classroom using Museum objects as teaching tools. Prepare for your upcoming school group visit to the MFA. Our workshops typically feature a slide presentation by a curator or guest speaker, followed by time in the galleries with Gallery Instructors. All are designed to address Curriculum Framework requirements.

Online registration is required, at least 24 hours before the workshop date. There is a non-refundable processing fee of $3 per teacher per workshop.


Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings
May 13, 2015, 4-7 pm

Leonardo da Vinci’s accomplishments in art and science find their common ground in his drawings, into which he poured the full fervor of his intelligence and creative powers. Throughout his career, Leonardo da Vinci experimented with three kinds of drawings: scientific studies made from life; grotesque caricatures of craggy faces ravaged by time and misdeeds, and, finally, the most beautiful faces of men and women that he could imagine. Because he left so few paintings, Leonardo’s drawings have always been recognized as our deepest window into his thinking. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore these rich drawings, on view for a brief time at the MFA in 2015, and discover ways to integrate this exhibition into every area of the curriculum.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10; HSS: World History I)

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Summer 2015 Teacher Workshops

Art of Japan
July 7-8, 2015, 10 am-5 pm

Mark your calendars for a two-day workshop focusing on the Art of Japan, with a special emphasis on our two special exhibitions, Hokusai and In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11. More information on content and registration will be available later this spring.

Visualizing the American Revolution
July 28, 2015, 9 am-3:30 pm (at the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library)
July 29, 2015, 10 am-5 pm (at the MFA)

Using art and other visual sources is an engaging way to help elementary students understand the people, geography and events of the American Revolution. In this workshop, teachers will work with scholars, educators and one another to gain a more complete and complex view of the American Revolution (focused mostly on Boston) and how to integrate visual sources into their classroom teaching. Participants will use resources from the Library of Congress, Leventhal Map Center and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to create an online gallery and lesson plan to enhance their teaching. 

For more information and to register, visit the Leventhal Map Center’s website.


Professional Teacher Membership Discount

Pre-K through grade 12 teachers can receive a $30 discount on membership and enjoy all the benefits of membership. Proof of active teaching status is required to receive discount; visit any MFA ticket desk and present your school ID, letter from the principal or head on school letterhead, or current MTA card. Please note: discount is available in person only; mailed requests will not be honored.


Teacher Professional Development Programs are funded in part by a grant from The Lowell Institute and The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources.

MFA for Educators is made possible through the generous support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.