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

We are now accepting applications for spring Guided and Self-Guided tours and Art Express classroom visits for the period of February 2, 2019, through June 7, 2019.

Tours are offered weekdays (except Wednesdays) during the academic year. 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 free buses for qualifying SFUSD classes. For more information, contact the School Visits Office at schoolvisits@sfmoma.org.




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. Admission to the museum’s galleries is included. Check back soon for more information.

Plastic China
Directed by Jiu-Liang Wang

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
10:00 a.m
Floor 1, Phyllis Wattis Theater

This program is now at capacity.

Chronicling the lives of two families operating a plastic recycling facility, Plastic China examines global consumption and culture through the eyes and hands of those who handle its refuse.

Presented in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.

Program Runtime: 82 min
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Suggested Subjects: Arts/Media, Environmental Science, Social Studies, World/Current Affairs

Human Flow
Directed by Ai Weiwei

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Floor 1, Phyllis Wattis Theater

Schedule a Visit | See the Film Trailer 

Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis around the world and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in twenty-three countries, Ai follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany, and Iraq.

Presented in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.

Program Runtime: 140 min
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Suggested Subjects: Arts/Media, Environmental Science, Social Studies, World/Current Affairs

Killer of Sheep
Directed by Charles Burnett

Thursday, March 21, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Floor 1, Phyllis Wattis Theater

Schedule a Visit | See the Film Trailer

This film, set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles in the 1970s, is a portrait of working-class African-American life. Stan (Henry Gayle Sanders), a slaughterhouse worker, struggles to find fulfillment. He suffers from the emotional side effects of his occupation as he struggles to support his family and keep them content. While he finds respite in simple moments of beauty — slow dancing with his wife or the warmth of a teacup against his cheek — Stan questions whether a better quality of life is possible. One of the great achievements of the film is its soundtrack, which Director Charles Burnett envisioned as an auditory history of African-American popular music. Killer of Sheep was one of the first fifty films selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry and was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as one of the 100 Essential Films.

Program Runtime: 80 min
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Suggested Subjects: Arts/Media, African American Film, Social Studies, Social Justice



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