School Programs

Encourage Creative Thinking

Students in the classroom
Photo: Myleen Hollero, Orange Photography

SFMOMA is On the Go through early 2016, presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area while we prepare for our expansion.

Art Express Outreach Program

The Art Express outreach program is designed for classes in kindergarten and higher. Docents travel to your classroom to lead a 45-minute program that includes a hands-on art activity that introduces key concepts of modern and contemporary art to your students. Docents use posters or projected images to introduce students to a handful works of art from SFMOMA's collection. These works relate to a specific theme that is meant to build upon classroom learning.


Building Blocks of Art (K-2)

Building Blocks of Art (K-2)

Sometimes artists use the basic art elements — line, shape, or color — to create dynamic works of art. Possible artists for this lesson include: Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol.

A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place (K and up)

How do artists represent the world around them? Artists have long looked to their natural environment as inspiration for their art. Explore how artists create modern masterpieces inspired by various places. Possible artists for this lesson include: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joesph Stella.

Face to Face

Face to Face (K and up)

For centuries, artists have depicted people in art. Sometimes the people represented are the artist’s friends or family, other times they are strangers or celebrities, and of course, the artist's own face is always an available subject. Possible artists for this lesson include: Sargent Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Diego Rivera, Andy Warhol.

Transforming the Everyday

Transforming the Everyday (grades 3 and up)

Artists often incorporate elements of the everyday world into their art, transforming and infusing them with new meaning. When we consider the artistic potential of familiar objects, we come to see them in a new way. Possible artists for this lesson include: Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg.

Personal Symbols

Personal Symbols (grades 3 and up)

Many modern artists convey personal concerns and narratives through their work. Artists may use objects in new ways or construct a private symbolic language in order to represent themselves or issues they want to address in their art. Possible artists for this lesson include: Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, René Magritte, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg.

Rebel with a Cause

Rebel with a Cause (grades 4 and up)

How do artists push boundaries and explore new concepts? This theme examines how artists experiment with materials, processes, and ideas. Students can consider conceptual questions, such as, "What makes this art?" Possible artists for this lesson include: Louise Bourgeois, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg.

To schedule an Art Express session, complete the application and return it to the Docent Tour Scheduling Office by the deadline indicated. This program is free of charge.

For more information about school tours and outreach programs, email the Docent Tour Scheduling Office at or call 415.357.4095.