Teacher Resources

We offer an array of educational resources for teachers to use in the classroom and the museum, including discussion questions for artworks, lesson plans, graphic organizers and worksheets, artist interviews, animations, and more.

Artwork Discussion Questions
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Discussion Questions: Wayne Thiebaud’s Valley Streets
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Discussion Questions: Pablo Picasso’s La Cruche fleurie (Jug of Flowers)
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Discussion Questions: Robert Rauschenberg’s Collection
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Discussion Questions: Jackson Pollock’s Guardians of the Secret
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Discussion Questions: Bruce Conner’s LOOKING GLASS
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Discussion Questions: Joan Brown’s, After the Alcatraz Swim #1
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Discussion Questions: Ansel Adams’s, Surf Sequence
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Discussion Questions: Kehinde Wiley’s Alexander the Great
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Discussion Questions: Andy Warhol’s National Velvet
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Discussion Questions: Yinka Shonibare’s Gay Victorians
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Discussion Questions: Mark Rothko’s No. 14, 1960
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Discussion Questions: Trevor Paglen’s KEYHOLE-IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance Satellite, USA 186)
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Discussion Questions: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Black Place I
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Discussion Questions: Takashi Murakami’s Super Nova
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Discussion Questions: Yasumasa Morimura’s Portrait (Futago)
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Discussion Questions: Marilyn Minter’s Strut
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Discussion Questions: Henri Matisse, Sketch for Le Bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life)
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Discussion Questions: Ana Mendieta’s Tallus Mater (Madre Tallo/Stem Mother)
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Discussion Questions: Henri Matisse’s Femme au chapeau (Woman with the Hat)
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Discussion Questions: Diego Rivera’s The Flower Carrier
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Discussion Questions: Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Women of Algiers)
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Discussion Questions: Nam June Paik’s TV Buddha
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Discussion Questions: René Magritte, Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values)
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Discussion Questions: Michael Light’s Highways 5, 10, 60 and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond
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Discussion Questions: Dorothea Lange’s White Angel Breadline, San Francisco
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Discussion Questions: Anthony Hernandez’s Landscapes for the Homeless #1
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Discussion Questions: Tseng Kwong Chi’s Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Discussion Questions: Shiro Kuramata’s Miss Blanche
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Discussion Questions: Jeff Koons’s Michael Jackson and Bubbles
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Discussion Questions: Pirkle Jones’s Black Panther demonstration in front of the Alameda County Court House, Oakland, California, during Huey Newton's trial, July 30, 1968
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Discussion Questions: Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s, Marilyn, 28 years old, Las Vegas, Nevada $30
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Discussion Questions: Brice Marden’s Cold Mountain 6 (Bridge)
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Discussion Questions: Lewis Wickes Hine’s All these are workers in Sweetwater Hosiery Co., except smallest boy. Location: Sweetwater, Tennessee
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Discussion Questions: Ai Weiwei’s Colored Vases
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Discussion Questions: Carleton E. Watkins ’s Yosemite Falls, View from the Bottom, Yosemite
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Discussion Questions: Kiki Smith’s Lilith
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Discussion Questions: Chris Ofili’s Princess of the Posse
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Discussion Questions: Ilse Bing’s Chair and Dead Leaves, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
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Discussion Questions: Janine Antoni’s Lick and Lather
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Discussion Questions: Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Wedding Portrait
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Discussion Questions: Ansel Adams’s Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
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Discussion Questions: Consuelo Kanaga’s Annie Mae Meriwether
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Discussion Questions: Frida Kahlo’s Frieda and Diego
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Discussion Questions: Pirkle Jones’s Untitled from the series Chinese New Year, San Francisco
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Discussion Questions: Sargent Johnson’s Forever Free
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Discussion Questions: Chris Johanson’s Untitled (Figures with black presence)
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Discussion Questions: Eva Hesse’s Sans II
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Discussion Questions: Chris Burden’s Atomic Alphabet
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Discussion Questions: Alexander Calder’s Big Crinkly
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Discussion Questions: Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (America #1)
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Discussion Questions: Teresita Fernández’s Fire
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Discussion Questions: Roy De Forest’s Country Dog Gentlemen
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Discussion Questions: Robert Colescott’s Colored TV
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Discussion Questions: Constantin Brancusi’s La Négresse blonde (The Blond Negress)
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Discussion Questions: Robert Bechtle’s Alameda Gran Torino
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Discussion Questions: Romare Bearden’s Three Men
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Discussion Questions: Tauba Auerbach’s Alphabetized Bible
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Discussion Questions: Robert Arneson’s Portrait of George (Moscone)
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Discussion Questions: Robert Arneson’s California Artist
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Discussion Questions: Nick Cave’s Soundsuit
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Discussion Questions: Jim Goldberg’s Girl in Pink Dress, Senegal
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Discussion Questions: Eva Hesse’s Untitled or Not Yet
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Discussion Questions: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
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Discussion Questions: Jasper Johns Land’s End
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Discussion Questions: Philip Guston’s Red Sea; The Swell; Blue Light


Open Studio
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Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari of Sanctuary Print Shop: Making a Collaborative Protest Poster
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Martin Venezky: Type Collage, Practice, and Patience
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Desirée Holman: Telling Stories with Masks
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Nicole Miller’s Video Portrait: Capturing a live interview
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Teresita Fernández’s Inventing Places: A closely examined environment
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Kota Ezawa’s The Burghers of Calais: Re-creating Rodin’s famous sculpture
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Robert Gober’s What Is That?: Sculpting everyday objects
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Charles Garoian’s Micro-Performances: Upending the ordinary
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Harrell Fletcher’s Learn About Your Neighborhood Food System
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Josh Faught’s Live to Tell: A survival kit project
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Janet Delaney’s Seeing the Light: Light conditions in photography
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Alejandro Cartagena’s We Are the Space We Live In: Analyzing your environment
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Mark Bradford’s RE-RE-Process: Rearranging the familiar
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Janet Cardiff’s Portraits of Sounds: Drawing the auditory
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Amy Franceschini’s Superhero: Achieving a common good
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Yvonne Venegas’s Shooting Blind: Photographing without preview mode
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Jessica Stockholder’s Where Does Art Come From?: Making things out of things
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Rigo 23’s Seeing Hands: Coordination, memory, visualization
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Alec Soth’s Treasure Hunt: Photographing something specific
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Hung Liu’s Look, Record, Explore: Drawing small things around you
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Andrew Kudless’s Abstract Ecologies: Seeking details in the natural world
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Nigel Poor’s Observing Self: Collecting life’s remnants
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Chris Johanson’s How About This?: Diagramming your life
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David Wilson’s Artist Correspondence: Collaging for mail art
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John Baldessari’s List of Ideas: Fourteen disparate assignments
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Zarouhie Abdalian’s Proposal for a Site: Changing perceptions of places
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Mark Bradford’s Open Studio Introduction
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Ben Kinmont’s On Becoming Something Else: Making editioned artworks

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