The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Homeschool Family Workshop “Imperial Workshops: How External Influences Impacted the Art of an Empire”

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM


From the conquered territories of Kublai Khan to the influence of Buddhism and Taoism during the Ming dynasty and the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century, external influences have long played a role in the taste of and collections of Chinese emperors. Families are invited to explore the courtly arts of different imperial collections and learn how outside influences impacted what the emperors collected. In the studio, participants create their own works inspired by the extraordinary art on display in the exhibition Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

About the Workshop

Homeschool family workshops, specially designed programs for families who homeschool their children, feature activities that encourage parents and kids to learn about art and discover it together. Activities are interdisciplinary and teach about art and how art relates to other curricular areas, such as language arts, science, and social studies. Each workshop includes an interactive gallery tour followed by a group discussion in the galleries, as well as an art-making activity that examines a selected work of art. All participants receive materials to extend the lesson at home. More Info

• Families with children ages 4–9 are encouraged to register for either workshop on the second Tuesday of the month.
• Families with children ages 10+ are encouraged to register for either workshop on the third Tuesday of the month.

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  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Registration $8 per person (adults and children) for MFAH members $10 per person (adults and children) for nonmembers No fee for children ages 3 and younger accompanying older siblings; no additional admission cost.

Directions & Parking

  • Beck Building 5601 Main Street Houston, TX 77005

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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