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 complimentary 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.


Goya: Order and Disorder
November 12, 2014, 4-7 pm

Francisco Goya is one of the creative giants of European art at a time when the eighteenth-century world gave way to what we think of as the modern world. This exhibition examines Goya’s powers of observation and invention across the full range of his work and will include many of his most significant paintings, prints, and drawings, arranged by the themes and compositional devices to which he returned again and again. This workshop will provide educators insight into why Goya’s arresting images have moved us over the ages, and demonstrate how teachers can use this exhibition in their classes on European history, English Language Arts, Spanish language and culture, or visual art. 

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



The Arts of Ancient Greece
December 10, 2014, 4-7 pm

In the fall of 2014, the MFA will open three new galleries devoted to the art of Ancient Greece, including galleries themed to highlight the dramatic world of Homer; the philosophy of the Greek Symposium and the influence of Dionysos, the god of wine; and the art of Ancient Greek theater. Learn how you can incorporate Greek music, drama, theater, and mythology into your study and teaching of the Ancient world.  

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS: US History I and II; World History I and II; ELA 16: Myth, Traditional Narrative, and Classical Literature; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)



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.