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Teacher Events and Workshops

Teachers discuss artworks with Asian Art Museum staff during a teacher workshop.Teachers discuss artworks with Asian Art Museum staff during a teacher workshop.

Teacher Workshop: Emperors’ Treasures

Saturday, Aug 13, 9:30 AM–2:30 PM
$15, free for Teacher Members, pre-registration required

Tour this summer’s blockbuster special exhibition Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, then, delve deeper into the life of the fascinating Qing Empress Dowager Cixi with children’s book author Natasha Yim. In a brush-painting workshop, learn the different painting approaches of the master ink painters and how they have been emulated and built upon over centuries. Participants will receive curriculum resources, a signed book, a continental breakfast and light lunch. 

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Teacher Workshop: The Rama Epic
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
$10, free for Teacher Members, pre-registration required

Join curator Forrest McGill for an in-depth exploration of the special exhibition The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe. Experience the “Ramayana” from the perspectives of its four main characters and discover how this epic story continues to be told in diverse communities and traditions. Then, go deeper into the story through an interactive performance workshop with Gamelan Sekar Jaya. The workshop includes a gallery tour, hands-on workshop, curriculum materials and a light breakfast.

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Arts Education Resource Fair
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017, 4–6 PM

Connect with teachers, artists, organizations, parents and students to learn more about the rich variety of arts organizations working throughout San Francisco. This event is a partnership among the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Unified School District and Creative Impact.


Teacher Workshop: Comparing the Han and Roman Empires

Saturday, Mar 11, 2017, 9:30 AM–2:30 PM
$15, free for Teacher Members, pre-registration required

Uncover what life was like during the Han dynasty and learn what luxury burial objects can tell us about culture and daily life in China’s most powerful ancient empire. Participants will compare and contrast the Han and Roman Empires with Professor Carlos Noreña from UC Berkeley. Then, tour the special exhibition Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty. Presented in partnership with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, this workshop includes a gallery tour, curriculum resources, a continental breakfast and light lunch.

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Discovering Connections Teacher Institute

Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
$250, Scholarships Available
Application Deadline: May 15, 2016

Explore the collections of four major San Francisco museums (Asian Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) using observation, inquiry and reflection. Participants will develop techniques for engaging with art and learn how the museum setting empowers critical thinking and creativity. This institute is designed for high school teachers and includes gallery experiences, discussions with museum staff and an education packet.

The application deadline for Discovering Connections 2016 has passed.