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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.

Painting is My Everything: The Art of India's Mithila Region

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
$10, pre-registration required

Tour the exhibition, Painting is My Everything through guided conversations and storytelling. Then, join Mithila artist Shalinee Kumari, to explore how her works in the exhibition use this tradition to address contemporary issues, and the materials and techniques Mithila artists use to create such vibrant compositions. Program includes materials, admission, tour, and continental breakfast. This workshop is offered in partnership with UC Berkeley's Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS).



Teaching about Religion in Public Schools
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
$10, pre-registration required

In partnership with UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, scholars and teacher leaders will discuss current issues and historical thinking strategies for teaching about religion using the new adoption of the California History Framework. Includes tour, lecture, materials, and a continental breakfast.


Teacher Institute: Teaching Religions of Asia
Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, 2019, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
$50, pre-registration required

Work with scholars, curriculum developers, and museum staff to learn strategies for using primary sources to teach about Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Each day will include scholar talks, model lessons, gallery visits, group discussions, and a continental breakfast. This workshop is presented in partnership with UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project.



Discovering Connections Teacher Institute
Monday, Jul 22–Friday, Jul 26, 2019
$250, scholarships available
Applications will open in Spring of 2019

This year this five-day program invites high school teachers to explore works from the diverse collections of four major San Francisco museums through observation, inquiry, analysis, and reflection. Participants will develop techniques for engaging with artworks and discover how the museum setting fosters critical thinking and creativity. The institute includes close-up gallery experiences, illuminating conversations with peers and museum staff, and useful resources to take back to the classroom.

For questions about teacher events and workshops contact the Education Department at 415-581-3697 or schools[at]