Teacher Resources

Egypt’s Sunken Cities Teacher Guide

Explore Mia’s new special exhibition with this teacher guide. Full of content, images, and questions, the guide will help facilitate questions prior to your visit and once in the galleries.

Teaching the Arts

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Curriculum Materials

Arts of Africa

A learning resource for K-5 educators and students

This learning resource provides six lessons with activities designed to integrate the diverse arts of Africa into your classroom to support skills and concepts you are already teaching or may be planning to teach. Each lesson introduces students to artworks from Africa in Mia’s galleries and encourages them to think critically, express themselves creatively, and make connections between their own lives and those of people across the African continent.

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STEAM Lessons for Secondary Teachers and Students


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

Creative Connections

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

Creative Connections: Equestrian Rider

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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Mexican Prints single-page format (Spanish) »
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Activities and Scavenger Hunts

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.