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The Education Department at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco provide a wide variety of resources, events and written materials for educators planning visits to the Museums with their students. Below you will find rich source material with which to prepare yourself and your students to visit the Museums, including teacher workshops, special events, temporary exhibition resources and much more.


Temporary Exhibition Resources for Educators

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

At the de Young

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George
February 15, 2014–May 11, 2014 

The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933-1936
February 1, 2014–June 8, 2014

Lines on the Horizon: Native American Art from the Weisel Family Collection
May 3, 2014–January 4, 2015

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection
June 7, 2014–October 12, 2014

Keith Haring: The Political Line
November 8, 2014–February 8, 2015

At the Legion of Honor

Matisse from SFMOMA
November 9, 2013–September 7, 2014

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art
March 29, 2014–August 3, 2014

Masters of Fire: The Copper Age in the Holy Land
June 28, 2014–January 4, 2015

Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House  
October 18, 2014–January 18, 2015


Questions? Email ejennings@famsf.org or call 415.750.3522.

Below you will find resources and curriculae specially crafted for the Museums' temporary exhibtions. These special exhibition resources include study images and themes, pre-visit activities, lesson plans and more all in alignment with California State Standards.

Current Exhibition Resources

Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland Resources

Download the Educator Resources packet.


Workshops for Educators

Schedule a Teacher Workshop

Make a reservation by downloading the workshop Reservation Form, available for download on each event page.

Complete this form and return it to the enclosed address with a check for the appropriate deposit amount.


Questions? Email ejennings@famsf.org or call 415.750.3522.

Throughout the year, the Education department hosts a series of special events, workshops, and open houses for educators.


Poets in the Galleries

Schedule a Visit

Questions? Email schooltours@famsf.org or call 415.750.7696.

Devorah Major, poet and teacher, and other Bay Area poets lead classes through two 90-minute sessions at the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Students participate in a variety of writing excercises designed to raise their awareness of the art objects they are viewing and to sharpen their ability to use language effectively to interpret what they are seeing and experiencing around them.


 Poets in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Elios Charitable Foundation and The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation.

Mini-Symposium: Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles

Maternity Figure (detail), 12th to 15th century. Mali, Djenne people. Earthenware. Gift of Marcia and John Friede. 2007.6

On February 11, 2010 the Conservaiton Department, the department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art and the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textiles Arts hosted a mini-symposium at the de Young. An international lineup of scholars presented some of the major scientific techniques used to analyze works of art and textiles. Their presentations highlighted the advantages and limitations of scientific testing in attempting to answer questions of provenance, dating, authenticity and conservation.


Questions of Provenance: A Mini-Symposium

On February 10, 2011 the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art and the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts hosted Questions of Provenance: A Mini-Symposium at the de Young Museum. Barbara T. Hoffman, Kate Fitz Gibbon and Hermione Waterfield comprised the expert panel of speakers who gave presentations on the topic of provenance in museum and private collecting.

Please click on the thumbnails below to view individual presentations.


Pissarro's People: Educational Resources

Dear Educator:

Thank you for supporting your students’ visit to the exhibition Pissarro’s People on view at the Legion of Honor. This exhibition presents the often-overlooked figurative paintings of Camille Pissarro. The nearly 100 works, which span the artist’s career, reveal his concern with the social, economic and political future of the communities where he lived.

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