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Teaching the Arts

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

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Activities and Scavenger Hunts for Self-guided Groups

SelfGuidedTour_LearningLookingThese activities for self-guided groups are designed to be used by a teacher or chaperone to facilitate a conversation about artworks with students. Alternatively, students can use these individually to guide looking and study as long as the chaperone remains with them at all times.

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Reservations are required for all school groups. Please be sure that you have reserved your self-guided tour by completing the online request to assure space is available for your group.

Curriculum Materials



 These experimental lessons are created by members of the 2013–14 cohort of the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2), an urban teacher residency that prepares mathematics and science teachers for the classroom. TC2 residents incorporated artworks from the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection into original lessons that can be taught in your classroom; some can also be taught in Mia’s galleries. Where relevant, the lessons include Minnesota academic standards and the benchmarks they support.


STEAM Lessons

Mexican Prints

mexican_prints_pdfMexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (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 Art (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.

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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.

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Art of the Native Americans: Thaw Collection

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

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Creative Connections

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

Creative Connections: Equestrian Rider

Online Resources

ArtsConnectEd ScreenshotArtsConnectEd is a joint project of the Minneapolis Institute of Art 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 in-service 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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