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Resources for Educators

We strive to create resources that can be quickly adapted to your teaching needs. The Get Smart with Art series provides grade-specific lessons aligned with California State standards in history and language arts. In collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, we are proud to offer an Art & Science series that compares and contrasts the thinking skills used by scientists and artists. If you’re preparing to visit a special exhibition, we offer in-gallery text panels and a thematic map to help in your planning.

Educator Programs

Each year, the Education Department hosts an Open House for Educators which includes an arts education resource fair and free admission into special exhibitions.Educator Programs are offered throughout the year to introduce teachers to the Museums' collections and special exhibitions. Programs... View More

Art & Science

The de Young and the California Academy of Sciences partner each year to provide professional development for Bay Area educators that integrates the thinking skills of artists and scientists. The resulting lessons provide students of all ages with opportunities to explore how these two fields both... View More

Get Smart with Art

Get Smart with Art is a grade-specific curriculum series that aligns our permanent collections with California State standards from kindergarten to 12th grade. This series supports your students in developing their own interpretations through close looking, evidential reasoning, expository writing... View More

Exhibition Resources

Get your students ready to visit special exhibitions at the de Young. These resources include exhibition maps, themes, art activities, and more — all in alignment with California State standards.Photograph by Gary Sexton. © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco