Free Wednesday Workshops

Work with other teachers and MFA educators to explore ways of enlivening the classroom using Museum objects as teaching tools—and 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 conversations in the galleries with Gallery Instructors.

Online registration is required, at least 24 hours before the workshop date.

Stories in Art

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4-6 pm

Works of art frequently reveal stories that reflect the beliefs and stories that cultures share with each other and with the rest of the world. The MFA’s collection illustrates a diverse array of stories that are populated by interesting characters and take place in settings as close as Boston itself and as far away as the other side of the world. Join us for an interactive exploration of our galleries and discover the many tales these objects can tell.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: various)

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Matisse at Work

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4-6 pm

This spring the MFA will host the first major museum exhibition to focus on the profound importance of Henri Matisse’s personal collection of objects on his creative process. The exhibition will showcase Matisse’s paintings, sculptures and works on paper alongside decorative and sculptural objects from his personal collection, including textiles, sculptures and masks from the non-Western traditions that Matisse greatly admired, as well as photographs both of works in progress and of Matisse’s various studios that vividly recreate the artist’s working spaces. This workshop will inspire teachers who are teaching about French history and culture – or facilitating students’ exploration of the artistic process.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10; HSS: World History II; Foreign Languages Culture Strand)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4-6 pm

As the first century of the Renaissance came to its close in the 1490s, the greatest painter in Florence was indisputably Sandro Botticelli, whose path of success had been guided by his allegiance to the Medici ruling family headed by Lorenzo the Magnificent. Botticelli had returned their favor with mythological paintings that reflected the Medici’s passion for classical antiquity, some of which endure as the unforgettable images of the Renaissance in Florence and beyond. This workshop will give teachers the opportunity to look closely at his work both as an artistic achievement as well as a reflection of the flourishring culture of the Italian Renaissance.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10; HSS: World History I)

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Free Sunday Workshop

The Power of Images and Memory: Teaching with Photographs from the Lodz Ghetto

Sunday, March 26, 1-4 pm

Join the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Facing History and Ourselves for a closer look at photographs by Henryk Ross documenting life in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland during World War II. View the MFA’s exhibition “Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross” with fellow educators; consider approaches for looking closely at Ross’s documentary photographs; and learn about the historical context of the Lodz Ghetto. Participants also explore resources From Facing History and Ourselves about teaching the Holocaust and consider ways of incorporating the exhibition into their curriculum, either through a self-guided visit to the exhibition or through images available online.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: World History II)


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.


Presented with support from The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources, and Nancy and Kent Van Zant.

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