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Temporary Exhibition School Programs

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

At the de Young

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free
June 20, 2015–September 20, 2015

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i 
August 29, 2015February 28, 2016

Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition
October 17, 2015January 10, 2016

Oscar de la Renta
March 5, 2016May 30, 2016

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
July 9, 2016October 9, 2016

At the Legion of Honor

High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection
March 14, 2015–July 19, 2015

Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
September 19, 2015January 10, 2016

Breguet: Art & Innovation in Watchmaking
September 19, 2015January 10, 2016

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
February 6, 2016May 15, 2016


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

The Fine Arts Museums provides special exhibition programming exclusively for school groups.


Curriculum Resources for Educators

Schedule a Visit to the Resource Center for Education

The Resource Center for Education at the de Young Museum is open to educators and museum visitors with an interest in arts education. The center offers visitors an opportunity to plan museum visits, create classroom activities, or use the Museums' resources of touching-objects, books, videos and Art Trunks.

To make an appointment to visit the Resource Center for Educators, please email ejennings@famsf.org or call 415.750.3522.

The Education department at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco provides a rich and varied array of resources for educators to implement in the classroom. Teachers Guides can be used both in the classroom to prepare students for their visit to the Museums as well as to conduct in-gallery lessons, while Get Smart with Art materials can be downloaded and applied in the classroom setting.


Resources for Educators

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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.


Educator Programs

Schedule a Teacher Workshop

Make a reservation by downloading the workshop Reservation Form, available for download on each event page. If the form is not available, please email Emily Jennings, Manager of School and Teacher Programs.

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

  • Download a Reservation Form

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 Joseph and 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.

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