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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: The Printer's Eye

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
$10, Pre-registration Required

Deepen your understanding of Japan’s “floating world” and unpack how representations in art compare with the realities of the Yoshiwara during the late 1600s. Focus on the roles of artist and patron as you explore the Asian Art Museum’s collection of woodblock prints, and visit the exhibitions Seduction: Japan’s Floating World and The Printer’s Eye to draw inspiration for your own print. This program is made possible by generous support from The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.

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Discovering Connections Teacher Institute
Tuesday, July 28–Friday, July 31, 2015, 9:00am–4:00pm

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

Application deadline is May 4, 2015.

Please note the application will take 30 minutes to complete and requires a personal statement in which you discuss your motivations for applying to the institute, how you anticipate the program impacting your classroom teaching, and how you might leverage what you learn at your school site.

Applications may not be saved in progress so please start the process when you are able to complete the application fully. To prepare, download the list of questions here. Note all applications must be submitted online.

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Teacher Workshop: China and the Forbidden City
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:30–2:00pm
Free, Sponsored by the China Institute
, Pre-registration Required

The Forbidden City was considered the embodiment of Chinese culture and power from the 1400’s to the early 1900’s, attracting scholars, officials, and dignitaries. Learn about the architecture, philosophy, politics, and history of the Forbidden City. Then, view how contemporary artists explore China’s cultural identity in the special exhibition, 28 Chinese. Includes refreshments, a light lunch, and curriculum resources.

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