SBMA Field Trips

Artful Thinking: Museum Tours

October 2023 - May 2024

Thursdays: 11 – 11:45 am or 12 – 12:45 pm

Select Wednesdays: 12 – 12:45 pm

Grades 2 – 12

Immerse your students in art with a docent-led tour of SBMA’s galleries. In this 45-minute guided tour, students are engaged in active viewing and dynamic discussions that include higher-level thinking skills such as comparing and contrasting, analyzing and evaluating, and making connections between art and everyday life.

The teaching methods used in the Museum (Visual Thinking Strategies and Thinking Routines) build skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, perceiving, and drawing.

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Young At Art

October 2023 – May 2024

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 – 11:30 am

Grades K – 2

Explore the elements of art—line, color, shape/form, texture, and space—with an SBMA Teaching Artist. K-2 students are introduced to the Museum in this 1.5 hour presentation, beginning with an interactive PowerPoint presentation and hands-on art activity, and concluding with a 30 minute gallery tour with a docent.

The teaching methods used in the Museum (Visual Thinking Strategies and Thinking Routines) build skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, perceiving, and drawing.

*Max 30 students/session, no exceptions

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Artful Making

October 2023 – May 2024

Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:45 am or 11:30 am – 12:45pm

Select Wednesdays, 11 am – 12:15 pm

Grades 3 – 8

Make art and look at art in this hybrid, hands-on alternative to the traditional docent tour. Making art reinforces and helps students remember and relate to what they saw, as well as providing a creative opportunity for self-expression. Students enjoy a 30-minute hands-on art project, then a tour of the galleries to talk about the art on view with a Museum docent.

During October through January, sessions are inspired by works of art on view from Ancient cultures including Mesoamerica, Asia, and Greece.

During February through May, projects will focus on the paintings of Impressionists Renoir, Monet, Morisot, and by the Post-Impressionist works of Matisse in the Museum's collection.

*Max 30 students/session, no exceptions.

Please email for questions or sign your larger group up for an Artful Thinking tour.

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Fridays in Focus: NEW! Thematic Tours for Junior High and High School

October 2023 – May 2024

First Friday of each month

Session 1: 11 am – 12 pm

Session 2: 1 – 2 pm

Grades 7 – 12

The first Friday of each month, junior high and high school students are invited to look at works of art in the Museum through a specific thematic lens in a one-hour interactive, multidisciplinary tour with a Museum Educator, visiting artist, or specialist.

On the third Friday of each month, customized docent-led tours that connect to specific curriculum coordinated with your classroom are available. Contact School Programs Manager Molly Kemper at for details.

*Max 20 students/session


Friday, October 6: Global Art – Multiple language learning

Friday, November 3: Art and Wellness – Guided looking and meditation

Friday, January 12: Careers in Art – Museum Opportunities

Friday, February 2: Art and Empathy – Social Justice and Activism

Friday, March 1: Art and Science – Hypothesis and Experimentation

Friday, April 5: Art and Poetry – Spoken and Written Word

Friday, May 3: Art and Sound – Music, Rhythm, and Tone

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