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
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
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?”
Special René Magritte Visits (grades: 3−8; length: 1 hour)
Now through October 23, SFMOMA is pleased to offer a limited number of Guided Visits of René Magritte: The Fifth Season.