Bring the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston into your school!

MFA Outreach Programs introduce students to the Museum’s global art collections and provide opportunities for students to build their visual literacy skills.

As a whole group, students delve into high-quality digital reproductions of artworks through discussion, kinesthetic activities, and exploring art-making materials. Students deepen their understanding of each collection area by responding to additional works of art in small-group breakout sessions.

Availability

MFA Outreach Programs are available Monday–Friday, 8 am–4 pm Eastern.

Classroom Visits (45 minute program)

Schools within the I-495 corridor of Boston can schedule a Museum educator to visit their classrooms.

Distance Learning (45 minute program)

Schools in any location can schedule a Museum educator to visit their classrooms virtually through a live web-supported program.

Fees

Fees are calculated based on the total number of classrooms booked per program topic.

  • One classroom: $150
  • Two classrooms: $275
  • Three classrooms: $400
  • Four or more classrooms: $400 for the first 3 classrooms plus $100 for each additional classroom

Policies

  • Programs are intended for individual classrooms of no more than 30 students. (25 students maximum for Multisensory Introduction to the MFA).
  • In order to accommodate groups of more than 30 students, schools can schedule multiple classroom visits over the course of a day. For groups of more than 200, visits may be scheduled over a series of days. The discount only applies to visits for the same program topic.

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

Program Topics

Multisensory Introduction to the MFA

Look, listen, and shake! We introduce students to the MFA and its collections by exploring works of art through music, movement, and hands-on activities. Please note: This program is available for classroom visits only, for a maximum of 25 students. Recommended for preschool–Grade 2.

There are two versions of this program available; please specify your choice on the reservation form:

    • Option A: American abstract painting and Indian peacock fiddle
    • Option B: French Impressionist painting and Burmese crocodile zither

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Visual Arts 6–10)

The Art of French Impressionism

Immerse your students in the MFA’s renowned collection of French Impressionist paintings. Students will explore Impressionist paintings and learn to identify elements that made this art movement distinct from what had come before in European art. Recommended for Grades 2–5.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Visual Arts 6–10; HSS World History II, Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

Art of the American Revolution

Explore the art of colonial Boston! Students compare history paintings depicting scenes from the Revolution and look closely at John Singleton Copley’s portraits of the patriot men and women of 18th century Boston. Recommended for Grades 2–5.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 3.1–3.7, 3.12; 5.1–5.2, 5.4, 5.6–5.11, 5.17–5.18)

Photography as Social Witness

Examine images of early- to mid-20th century America created by photographers such as Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks. Students learn how artists use photography as a tool for documenting and seeking change on important social issues of their time. Recommended for Grades 6–12.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Visual Arts 6–10; HSS US History II)

Art of Ancient Greece

Explore highlights from the Museum’s Classical collection, including pottery, jewelry, and sculpture. The whole group discusses the stories of heroes and deities from Greek epic poems and mythology depicted on ancient objects from daily life. In small groups, students respond to a painted amphora that depicts familiar Greek heroes in a scene of unknown origin by developing their own stories based on the image. Recommended for Grades 4–8.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 7.24–7.43; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

Art of Ancient Egypt

Discover the history behind sculpture, funerary objects, and a mummy found during early 20th-century MFA excavations in Egypt. Students are challenged to think like museum professionals as they examine historic excavation photographs of ancient sculpture fragments and devise a plan for their return to the MFA. Recommended for Grades 4–8.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 7.7–7.16)

Technology Requirements

Classroom Visit Requirements

Classrooms should have a computer installed with Adobe Acrobat Reader and/or Microsoft PowerPoint, and a digital projector.

Distance Learning Requirements

Classrooms should have 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.