Mia Teacher Resources include a wide range of materials for K–12 educators and learners. Curriculum materials provide lessons and content that support Minnesota standards. Activities and scavenger hunts engage learners of all ages with Mia’s collection. You can also connect with the collection through mini-podcast audio stops about many favorite artworks.
These resources can also support learning at home. Many of the resources include high-resolution images with discussion questions and/or activities that connect to a wide range of topics and encourage close looking and critical thinking.
The content presented in these learning resources represents one way of talking about each artwork. Throughout these resources, prompts for close looking and open-ended questions invite learners to bring their own life experiences to their interpretation of the art.
Featured Learning Resources
Arts of Asia
Whether you’re teaching in a new virtual environment or from your classroom, we’ve got you covered with resources designed to support the integration of Asian art and voices into your curriculum. Three primary units invite you to interact with Mia’s collection and community voices through critical thinking, making, and storytelling. Watch an intro to the curriculum here.
Past Exhibition Guides
In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art
“In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art” brings together methods of visual storytelling and ancestral memory through the individual practices of artists from the “Black Belt” region of the American South—a term that refers to the region’s black soil, as well as the legacies of African Americans who shaped its social and agrarian culture.
Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi
Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi features paintings and drawings by Sandro Botticelli and his colleagues with the ancient sculptures that inspired them. Use this guide to facilitate conversations in your classroom before a museum tour or between chaperones and students on self-guided visits.
Teaching the Arts
Artwork in Focus and Five Ideas
Explore artworks from around the world and across time with Teaching the Arts features. Take a deep dive into individual artworks with Artwork in Focus or make connections between artworks organized around a theme with Five Ideas.
All Teaching the Arts resources include connections to other artworks and suggested classroom activities. Many of these activities can also be done at home!
Native Art, Native Voices: A Resource for K-12 Learners
An integration of Native voices and art into your curriculum. Native Art, Native Voices includes information about Native cultures, both past and present, and supports Minnesota state standards for visual arts and social studies/U.S. history.
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.
STEAM Lessons for Secondary Teachers and Students
This provides a close-up look at 14 prints from Mia’s collection. 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.