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.
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.
Throughout the year, the Education department hosts a series of special events, workshops, and open houses for educators.
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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.
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.
These four images directly support each of the three themes described in the Pissarro's People: Educational Resources and will serve as anchors for your museum visit. The accompanying questions connect to the specific grade level and serve as models for promoting open-ended investigations of the artwork.
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.
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.