K–12 Students

The Fine Arts Museums' School Programs enable students to make connections and develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts. The programs described below offer a vast array of experiences ranging from independent viewing to facilitated visits with docents, museum artists, poets and the Museum Ambassadors. All guided programs provide opportunities for students to work directly with ideas, interpretation and communication in the gallery and/or artist studio. Instruction is based on core strategies that cultivate personal and academic skills with the goal of igniting student curiosity.

All school programs are offered FREE of charge, though some programs require a refundable deposit, which will be returned upon your arrival at the museum.

Museum Ambassadors

In the Museum Ambassadors program, teens from San Francisco Unified High Schools are hired and trained to facilitate art projects to families in the museum and the community.This school year (November 2017–February 2018), Ambassadors will lead art... View More

Poets in the Galleries

New Program Changes Devorah Major, poet and teacher, and other Bay Area poets lead classes on a single 90-minute session at the de Young this spring. Students participate in a variety of writing exercises designed to raise their awareness of the art... View More

Class Visits

K-12 educators are encouraged to bring their classes to the de Young and Legion of Honor museums' permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Educators may choose from any of the following categories, selecting the one that best supports their... View More