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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.


Art of China
March 9, 2016, 4-7 pm

The MFA’s re-installed Song Gallery will celebrate the new pinnacles of artistic production that were reached in China between the 10th and the 13th centuries. The flourishing economy of this period allowed the imperial court, the upwardly mobile elite, and monasteries to commission fine works of art, and inspired artists to explore fresh techniques and styles to delight their clients. The gallery will illustrate these developments through the display of ceramics, painting and lacquerware, that were produced in competing kilns and workshops. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating period in art and history, and explore the rest of the Museum’s renowned Chinese art collection.

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

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Megacities: Asia
April 13, 2016, 4-7 pm

This exhibition features monumental sculptures and installations that represent the unique urban environments of five Asian “megacities”– Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Seoul—all with populations of 10 million or more. The artists—some well-known, others emerging—respond to the unprecedented scale and pace of 21st-century South and East Asian urban life by gathering and arranging everyday objects, using the city itself as their medium, to create immersive physical experiences that evoke and respond to recent conditions in these Asian metropolises. Their large-scale works will appear in indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the Museum, reflecting critical issues including rural-to-urban migration, consumption, construction, and pollution—while celebrating the vibrancy of today’s urban environment. This workshop will feature a talk by one of the exhibition’s curators, as well as gallery explorations that will demonstrate some of the ways you can incorporate contemporary art into different areas of your curriculum.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10)

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Full STEAM Ahead: Using Art to Teach About Math and Science
May 11, 2016, 4-7 pm

Art is a great way to connect with a myriad of disciplines, from English to history to world languages. However, art can also be a great way to teach about math and science, whether it is by examining the geometric ratios contained within Renaissance painting, exploring the technological innovations that impacted artistic practice, or learning about the science of conserving paintings for generations to come. Learn from museum staff members and fellow educators about the ways that art can intersect with math and science, and brainstorm ways to integrate these disciplines in your own classroom. 

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: various)

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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.


Sponsors

Teacher Professional Development Programs are funded in part by The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources.

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