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Creative Connections

Creative Connections is a new way to teach and learn about art — from your phone, tablet or desktop.

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Teaching the Arts

Each Teaching the Arts feature presents an in-depth look at artworks in the MIA’s collection from the point of view of a monthly theme.

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Curriculum Materials

Italian Style Self Guided Tour

ItalianStyle-SelfGuide-GuidePages_Page_1This tour is designed to help teachers and chaperones guide students through the exhibition, or for students to use to explore the exhibition on their own. It includes recommended objects, panels, and discussion questions to support learning about modern history and historical inquiry in the exhibition. Questions can be tailored to what you are studying and the amount of time you have to explore.

Italian Style Self Guided Tour (PDF)

You can also download a list of standards supported by the tour.


Mexican Prints

mexican_prints_pdfMexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte de Minneapolis) provides a close-up look at fourteen prints from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) made by a selection of Mexico’s leading artists from 1890 to 2010. This resource is designed to be relevant to visual arts, social studies, English language arts, Spanish language, and interdisciplinary lessons for students in grades 6 to 12. Guiding questions and activities encourage students to look closely at, analyze, and communicate about each of the works of art using various methods ranging from discussion and writing to art creation.

These materials are not designed as a curriculum of sequenced lessons. Instead, the components are intended as springboards for you to integrate into your curriculum or use as a discrete lesson plan to challenge your students and meet their curricular needs. We have provided a list of Minnesota state standards that can be supported by using these materials.

Reproduction, including downloading of the individual image files of Toledo, Jiménez, Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, and Cuevas works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Mexican Prints single-page format (English) »
Mexican Prints book format (English) »
Mexican Prints single-page format (Spanish) »
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Additional Resources

MIA Inside/Out: The Battle of Everyouth

mia_inside_out_pdfThis new curriculum guide is a resource for 8th-12th-grade educators of English Language Arts, Geography, and Visual Arts. These materials are not a traditional curriculum, but rather a springboard for teachers to design their own units around these big questions: Violence & Me, The Collateral Damage of Violent Conflict, Non-Violence — Is It Humanly Possible?, Artists on the Subject of Violence & War, and Faith, Loyalty, Pride, Morality, Security & Violence. The units and learning activities contextualize the museum resources provided, including high-resolution images, background information, and discussion questions for 15 artworks from the MIA’s collection.

Battle of Everyouth single-page format »
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Young People’s Ofrenda: Expressions of Life and Remembrance

young_peoples_ofrendas_pdfClassroom curriculum about this project is available in Spanish and in English.

Ofrenda Teacher’s Guide »
Guía para maestros »

Art of the Native Americans: Thaw Collection

thaw_collection_pdfDownload classroom curriculum and high quality images from the Fenimore Art Museum and the MIA’s permanent collection.

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Online Resources

ArtsConnectEd ScreenshotArtsConnectEd is a joint project of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center. Through the site the complementary art collections and education resources of these two museums are shared with K-12 educators and their students, higher education scholars, and an international public. Explore over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Save, customize, present, and share items in the redesigned Art Collector. Comment, tag, and rate everything!

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Events for Teachers

Select from a variety of formats for a custom inservice training session for teachers.

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Art Adventure

The Art Adventure Program introduces K-6 students to works of art from a variety of cultures. Trained school volunteers visit classrooms with posters of art relating to a common theme, such animals, celebrations, or relationships. For information on how your school can join the program, call (612) 870-3056.

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Contact Us

Have questions about our teacher resources or interested in a custom consultation? Email classroommaterials@artsmia.org or call (612) 870-3206.