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The ArtVenture After-School Program offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of art fundamentals such as drawing, painting, sculpting, color, and composition while directly connecting to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s current exhibitions. As students create art, they build confidence, become actively familiar with the Museum, and learn visual thinking strategies which enhance communication, visual literacy skills, and critical thinking across all curriculum areas.

At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making,cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art. The Museum's exceptional team of Teaching Artists include painters and sculptors, a children's book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer and an art historian who are all experienced art educators.

ArtVenture Camps, After-School Classes & Holiday Workshops take place at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, the Museum's off-site facility dedicated to hands-on art education for children.

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Gallery Tours
With admission to SBMA, you are always invited to participate in a free docent-led gallery tour, which meets in the lobby at the State Street entrance. The following tours focus on this exhibition:

December – 17, 26 at 1pm; 14th at 2:00pm

1st Thursday
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

Family 1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm.


Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.

All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.
Front Steps of the Museum


Claude Monet, Charring Cross Bridge (detail), 1899. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Katharine Dexter McCormick in memory of her husband, Stanley R. McCormick; John Divola, 74V62 (detail), from the series "Vandalism", 1974. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Artist. Al Held, Brughes II (detail), n.d. Acrylic on canvas. SBMA, Gift of Carol L. Valentine.

New Family Resource Center Installation: Sci-Art
What happens when art meets science? Learn more about the Museum's permanent collection and participate in hybrid hands on activities designed by our team of Museum Teaching Artists and their scientific "lab partners."

The Sci-Art installation is equal parts scientific laboratory and art studio. How do we see color? What can running dogs teach us about physics? How can a bag of flour emulate the stars?

Learn, discover, build, and create as we explore the thread between imagination and reality.

Family Resource Center



Free Family Guides: Now Available at the Visitors Services Desks
Free family guides for the permanent collection and special exhibitions help parents and children explore the galleries together. New guides are produced several times a year that feature guided looking questions, gallery games, sketching activities and family friendly information on artists and exhibition themes.
Free Family Guide: Animal Safari Scavenger Hunt
Hunt for select animals in Art to Zoo with riddles as your clue.

Art to Zoo children’s books available at your public library.

Free Family Days
Día de los Muertos
October 26, 2014, 1 — 4pm
For the 25th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries, front steps and back plaza including music by Conjunto Jardin, dance performances by Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcóatl, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.

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Free Family Days and all other Family Programs are made possible through the generosity of the Schlosser Family Trust.
Additional support for the Dia de los Muertos Free Family Day is provided by Wells Fargo and the Junior League of Santa Barbara.


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors for their
contributions to the Museum's Education Programs:

Schlosser Family Trust

Bank of America, Jane and Ken Anderson, Gwen and Henry Baker, Jill and John C. Bishop, Jr., Patricia and Richard Blake, Sheila and Richard Bonsignore, Shelby Bowen, Susan D. Bowey, Business First Bank, California Arts Council, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Estate of June Celmayster, Gordon B. Crary, Jr., Suzanne and Tom Deardorff Family, Julia Delgado, Jane Eagleton, Echelon Video, Betsy and Roy Edwards, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Christine and Robert Emmons, Lois and Robert Erburu, Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan, Estates of Jean and Howard Fenton, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Martha and John Gabbert, Dorothy and John Gardner, Paul Guido, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, Perri Harcourt, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, Lorna S. Hedges, High Tide Foundation, Shirley Ann and James H. Hurley, Joan and Palmer Jackson, Susan and Palmer Jackson Family, Gina and Joe Jannotta, Kirby-Jones Foundation, June and William Kistler, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Judith Little, Little One Foundation, Lucifer Lighting Company, The Luria Family Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Jennifer and John Markham Family, Siri and Bob Marshall, Sheila and Frank McGinity, Susan McMillan and Tom Kenny Family, Gretchen and Marshall Milligan, Montecito Bank & Trust, Mosher Foundation, Rita and Steven Moya, Françoise and James Park, Joanne Pearson, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Regina and Rick Roney, Santa Barbara Foundation, Savoir Faire Catering, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Susan and Arthur W. Schultz, Laura and Craig Shelburne Family, Sneh Singh, Southern California Edison, Marianne and Norman F. Sprague III, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Steele Family Foundation, Connie Frank and Evan C. Thompson, The Towbes Foundation, Jeanne G. Towles, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Patricia J. Van Every, Susan and Hubert Vos, Tim Walsh and Mike Healy, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas N. Weber, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Linda and Doug Wood, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and anonymous donors.


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