For Teachers

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San Francisco, CA 94103
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  • "Working with SFMOMA as a teacher advisor has given me the opportunity to share what I know firsthand about the urban teaching experience and the importance of the role of art in activist education."Kimberly Campisano
    Mission High School, San Francisco
  • "Before ArtThink I never knew how to incorporate modern art into my history classes and now I do."Kerreen Brandt
    San Rafael High School, San Rafael

Welcome Teachers!

ArtThink offers your students in-depth investigation of 20th- and 21st-century art and artists by using SFMOMA's award-winning interactive programs, Making Sense of Modern Art and Voices and Images of California Art as the basis for study. Each section of the site provides online exploration and research of thematic topics plus hands-on, step-by-step activities in language arts, history, and visual arts.

Voices & Images of California Art portrays the work and ideas of eleven California artists: Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Sargent Johnson, Dorothea Lange, Nathan Oliveira, David Park, Betye Saar, and Edward Weston.

Each artist section is composed of a biography, gallery of artworks, photo album, interview, and scrapbook comprising reference materials. Teachers may choose to add other artists into the themes as connections arise.

Voices and Images of California Art Themes:

1. Transforming the Everyday
Students explore the hidden qualities of everyday objects.
Artists: Betye Saar and Edward Weston
2. Portraiture: Revealing Ourselves and Others
Students understand and create portraiture.
Artists: Robert Arneson, Imogen Cunningham, and Sargent Johnson
3. A Documentary Passion
Students explore the characteristics of documentary photography.
Artists: Dorothea Lange
4. A Personal Narrative
Students investigate how artists create art to express aspects of their life stories.
Artists: Joan Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jay DeFeo
5. Mood and Mystery
Students discover how art can communicate feelings and imagination.
Artists: Nathan Oliveira