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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.


Students visiting the Museum of Fine Arts will hone visual literacy skills through close observation and presenting visual evidence while exploring many types of artwork in the museum's collection. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and discover the different types of artwork a museum collects. We will debate whether or not works are art or history objects and why the museum might have them as art objects. How might another museum display the objects differently?

Students will end the visit by making use of some of the techniques discovered, and questions asked on their tour in their own art project in the museum's studio space. We will make utilitarian clay objects that would be useful to us today but could be considered an art object later!


- Visual literacy, evidential viewing.

- Learn about the job of a museum. What does a museum collect and why?

- Visit some familiar paintings.

- Create a utilitarian decorative object.

Lesson Components:

- Welcome, Sign-In

- Rules/Schedule

   * You have learned a lot about art this year. Anybody want to share with me? If you had to give me a definition of art, what would you say? We're at the museum of fine arts and it is a place for collecting and preserving (keeping safe) artwork. We're going to look at some of the types of things the museum collects.

- Gallery visits

- WS for art activity