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School Visits

Museum experiences are a great way to encourage students to draw connections between art and their own lives, and apply concepts learned in the classroom in a new context, helping to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Teachers and their students are invited to explore the museum either with a Museum Guide or on a Self-Guided Visit. All scheduled school visits are free of charge for students and up to eight chaperones (including the teacher) per class.

For more information about individual tours, please download the School + Teacher Programs brochure.

Scheduling

Tours are offered weekdays (except Wednesdays) September 11, 2017—June 8, 2018. We require one chaperone for every ten students, and offer free admission for all students and up to eight chaperones, including the teacher, per scheduled class. To request a tour, complete the application and submit it by the deadline indicated on the application. Requests are not accepted by phone or fax. Due to the high volume of applications, we may be unable to accommodate all tour requests. If your class cannot be scheduled, we suggest you consider an alternate SFMOMA school program.

SFMOMA offers a limited number of bus scholarships for SFUSD schools. For more information, contact the School Visits Office at schoolvisits@sfmoma.org.

Look, Learn, Create Tours (grades K–8)

These interactive tours are conducted by Museum Guides who lead small groups of students through the museum’s galleries. Students are invited to look, discover, question, and explore modern and contemporary art through lively discussions, careful observation, and activities that get them thinking like artists. Tours address Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA), encouraging critical thinking, evidentiary reasoning, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives, while developing content knowledge.

Building Blocks of Art (grades: K–2; length: 1 hour)

Learn how artists use the basic art elements— line, shape, and color—to create dynamic works of art.

A Sense of Place (grades: 3−8; length: 1.5 hours)

How do artists represent the world around them? Discover how modern masterpieces were inspired by their surroundings.

Choices Artists Make (grades: 3–8; length: 1.5 hours)

Artists make decisions about what medium to work with, what subject to depict, what materials to use, and what ideas to represent. Discover the many choices it takes to create an artwork.

Face to Face (grades: 3−8; length: 1.5 hours)

For centuries, artists have depicted people in their 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 identity is always an available subject.

Rebel with a Cause (grades: 6−8; length: 1 hour)

How do artists push boundaries and explore new concepts? This theme examines the many ways artists experiment with materials, processes, and ideas, and gives students a chance to consider conceptual questions, such as “What makes this art?”


Thinking Through Art VTS Tours (grades: 3–8; length: 1 hour)

These discussion-based tours support students in observing, speaking, and thinking about art. In small groups, Museum Guides use the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method to empower students to use their observational and critical thinking skills to discover stories and meaning in works at SFMOMA. Thinking Through Art VTS Tours address Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA), focusing on reading original texts, using evidentiary reasoning, and providing an appreciation for diverse perspectives.


Teen Tours (grades: 9−12; length: 1 hour)

Interactive Teen Tours of SFMOMA’s exhibitions are led by Museum Guides and can be tailored to complement high school curriculum in the arts and humanities. Tours focus on specific exhibitions and are organized around a theme so that students can focus on an individual artist, time period, artistic practice, or movement.

The following exhibitions are available for the 2017–18 school year.

Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture since 1900

(ongoing)

Approaching American Abstraction

(ongoing)

Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art

(ongoing)

German Art after 1960

(ongoing)

Walker Evans

(September 30, 2017–February 4, 2018)

Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules

(November 18, 2017– March 25, 2018)

Selves and Others: Gifts to the Museum from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein

(May 2018–October 2018)


Stage and Screen Programs (grades K–12, length: various)

In conjunction with the museum’s performance and film programming, SFMOMA offers opportunities for school groups to experience featured films, newly commissioned participatory artworks, and live performances.

A list of upcoming performances and films will be posted shortly. Once the list is posted and you’ve selected your event, please complete the School Visits Application, and we will process your request.


Self-Guided Visits

SFMOMA encourages teachers who prefer to guide students through the museum on their own to reserve a Self-Guided Visit, which includes free admission for students and up to eight chaperones, including the teacher.

See our Teachers Resources to help prepare for your Self-Guided Visit.

The following exhibitions are available for the 2017–18 school year.

Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture since 1900

(ongoing)

Approaching American Abstraction

(ongoing)

Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art

(ongoing)

German Art after 1960

(ongoing)

Walker Evans

(September 30, 2017–February 4, 2018)

Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules

(November 18, 2017– March 25, 2018)

Selves and Others: Gifts to the Museum from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein

(May 2018–October 2018)

René Magritte: The Fifth Season

(May 19, 2018–October 28, 2018)

Special René Magritte Self-Guided Visits

SFMOMA provides special exhibition programming for school groups. This spring, SFMOMA is pleased to offer a limited number of Self-Guided Visits for René Magritte: The Fifth Season.


Higher Education at SFMOMA

SFMOMA provides a variety of tailored experiences for higher education groups, from interactive tours of exhibitions at the museum to object study sessions at our Collections Center.