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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.

Zen Garden




(Overview & big concepts)

Students will understand how to design a landscape that represents a peaceful place based on the MFA's Japanese garden.

MFA Connections:

Japanese Garden, Impressionists

Art-making activity:

Build a miniature garden using model magic, small stones and other materials.

Pre-tour group activity:

Show images of different gardens from around the world and discuss what makes them special.

Follow-up activity:

Visit the Arnold Aboretum


Created By

Sarah Arcotta