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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Virtual Gallery Tours

The following programs are currently scheduled through December 2020.

Video Tour and Lesson Packages (Grade 6–College)

Registration is free and includes a link to a video, discussion questions, and activities.

Why register? Registering for immediate access helps us know how many students we serve a year.

Beliefs Made Visible: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in Art (Grades 6–12)

Discover how artworks from South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, and the Himalayas reveal belief systems addressing universal concerns. Students will engage in hands-on activities incorporating close looking, movement, meditation, and drawing to learn about three of the major world religions.

Your confirmation letter will include: links to a NearPod lesson, a Google Classroom lesson, the full tour video, and activities described in the tour.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.5. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of India. 7.2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.

Ancient China
Coming Soon

See how writing developed, learn about 3,000-year-old bronze technologies, and draw conclusions about how beliefs and ideas spread throughout ancient China. Compare your discoveries to your own daily life.

Your confirmation letter will include: links to a NearPod lesson, a Google Classroom lesson, and activities described in the tour.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.6. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the early civilizations of China.

Coming Soon!

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Storytelling Video Tour and Lesson Packages

We have assembled many of our recorded storytelling programs and matched them with activities you can do with your class.

Storytelling Options

Ganesha and Why the Moon Wanes

Do you love the sweet Indian treat ladoo as much as Ganesha? Ganesha will never waste a good ladoo. Learn how this Hindu deity’s love for these sphere-shaped desserts influenced the moon to wane.

Winning Without Hands

On his way to a religious festival, Tsukahara Bokuden, a famous two-sword samurai, resolves a conflict between a younger samurai and a farmer in an unexpected way.

Gecko: A Balinese Folktale

GECK-o! One night, Gecko keeps waking up the village head, Elephant. On a mission to help Gecko fall asleep, Elephant talks with the other neighboring animals to find a solution, which becomes more complicated than it first appeared.

Tiger and the Puppy

Yip, yip! The story “Tiger and Puppy” is about a village with five families, where a mischievous tiger would eat all the food. An unlikely hero, a small puppy, comes to the rescue and helps the villagers capture the tiger.

Odon the Giant

Discover how even the littlest of animals can overcome a giant in this story from the Philippines.

The Dragon’s Pearl

In “The Dragon’s Pearl,” a boy wanders the hills looking for food and finds a pearl in a large patch of the most luscious green grass. He discovers that this pearl is magic and can increase and multiply anything it touches.

The Four Harmonious Friends

In this Jataka Tale, a bird, rabbit, monkey, and elephant work together to harvest fruits from a growing tree.

Ganesha Around the World

In a race around the world with his brother, Ganesha thinks of a clever strategy to win that impresses his parents.

The Magic Tea Kettle (Bunbuku Chagama)

This Japanese folktale tells a story about a magical raccoon-dog, or tanuki, who uses its shape-shifting powers to reward its rescuer for his kindness. “Bunbuku chagama” roughly translates to “happiness bubbling over like a tea kettle.”

Why the Rat Comes First

This Chinese Lunar New Year tale explains why the rat comes first in the zodiac.

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Livestreaming Storytelling Tours (Grades Pre-K–5)

Livestreamed storytelling tours are offered three times a day, Mondays through Fridays.
Tours are 30–35 minutes and include one to two stories; every class will receive an activity.

Start Time Windows
9:30–11:30 AM
11:30 AM–1 PM
1:30–3 PM

stART– (Pre-K)

For a shorter program, specifically designed for our youngest audiences, we are offering stories with related class activities.

Animal Tales

Listen to stories from across Asia about animals that spark the imaginations that bring art to life.

Key Ideas and Details: 2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson or moral; 3.2. Recount stories, including fables, folktales and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: 4.7. Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text; 4.9. Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths and traditional literature from different cultures.

Heroes and Sheroes

These stories introduce students to courageous, noble, and self-sacrificing acts performed by ordinary people both young and old.

Common Core Standards: Key Ideas and Details: 2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson or moral; 3.2. Recount stories, including fables, folktales and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: 4.7. Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text; 4.9. Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths and traditional literature from different cultures.

Stories from China

Become enchanted with authentic stories from ancient China or celebrate the New Year with stories from the zodiac during this storytelling session.

Common Core Standards: Key Ideas and Details: 2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson or moral; 3.2. Recount stories, including fables, folktales and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: 4.7. Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text; 4.9. Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths and traditional literature from different cultures.

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Livestreaming Docent Tours (Grades 5–12)

Livestreamed docent tours are offered three times a day, Mondays through Fridays.
Tours are 40–45 minutes with 5–10 minutes of Q&A.

Start Time Windows
9:30–11:30 AM
11:30 AM–1 PM
1:30–3 PM

Beliefs Made Visible: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in Art

Discover how artworks from South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, and the Himalayas reveal belief systems addressing universal concerns. Students will engage in hands-on activities incorporating close looking, movement, meditation, and drawing to learn about three of the major world religions.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.5. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of India. 7.2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.

Ancient China

See how writing developed, learn about 3,000-year-old bronze technologies, and draw conclusions about how beliefs and ideas spread throughout ancient China. Compare your discoveries to your own daily life.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.6. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the early civilizations of China.

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Mandarin-Based Language Tours (Grades 6–12)

The Asian Art Museum is excited to announce a new livestreaming program for Mandarin language classes.

Working with a fluent Mandarin speaker, we are offering three programs that cater to middle and high school Mandarin learners: Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Ancient China, and Nature in Art. The proportion of Chinese to English spoken can be adjusted to meet your class needs.

We will begin piloting this program in October. Please contact us at schools@asianart.org to sign up or for more information.

 

Special Livestreaming Programs for High School and College Levels

Livestreamed docent tours are offered three times a day, Mondays through Fridays.
Tours are 40–45 minutes with a 5–10 minutes Q&A.

Start Time Windows
9:30–11:30 AM
11:30 AM–1 PM
1:30–3 PM

Tour Options

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment
Take a complex and fascinating visual journey through Buddhism’s most esoteric practices to attain enlightenment.

Demons and Creatures and Monsters – Oh My!
Learn about some of the fascinating mythical creatures, demons, and other beings that abound in Asian art.

Facing Mecca: Reflections of Islam in Art
Be fascinated by the variety and scope of art inspired by Islam – not just the religion, but also the Muslim culture and secular pursuits.

Genghis Khan: Hero or Tyrant
Ride with the Mongols and the Khans as they conquer vast empires. Learn about their culture through the art they created and adapted from other cultures.

Glorious Civilizations: An Exploration of Southeast Asia
Ten countries, numerous cultures, thousands of years. Explore the varied and intriguing art of Southeast Asia as reflected in the religious and secular art of this fascinating region.

The Goddess: Images of Power
Explore various cultural and religious manifestations of female deities.

Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art
Uncover some of the fascinating and fun meanings and messages hidden in Chinese art.

Hidden Unions: Art of the Himalayas
Delve into the complex and fascinating spiritually inspired art from the “Land of the Snow” as illustrated by protective and supportive deities in a myriad of forms and media.

Jade: Stone of Heaven
Learn about the mystic properties of jade, and why it has been prized for thousands of years.

Japanese Aesthetics: Exploring Japan’s Artistic Sensibilities
Luxuriate in this beautiful exploration of Japanese art and culture.

Lunar New Year
Welcome in the Lunar New Year by learning about the traditions and symbolism that enrich this celebration. This program changes yearly and can be booked January through March.

Masterworks of the Asian Art Museum
Discover what constitutes a “masterwork,” illustrated by some of the Asian Art Museum’s most important treasures.

Mind and Form: Images of Buddhism
Understand how buddhas and bodhisattvas have been portrayed throughout the ages and in different sects of Buddhism

Persia: Crossroads of Art and Culture
Uncover the unique artistic elements of ancient West Asian art, and its influence on art across Asia and Europe.

Seeking the Divine: Deities of Asian Religions
Images of gods and goddesses, buddhas and bodhisattvas invite you to ponder the power of transformation, and how different religions have visualized the divine.

The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World
Travel the ancient routes that provided goods, technologies, and ideas to cultures from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.

Timeless Traditions: Expressions of the Divine in Indian Art
Explore the vast panoply of Indian art through the prism of its various major belief systems.

When the Tiger Smoked a Pipe: The Art of Korea
Discover the art of Korea in various media from multiple time periods.

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Assembly Webinars

We can schedule a webinar for your school’s entire grade level. Due to higher attendance levels in this format, discussions will be limited.

Livestreamed docent webinars are offered three times a day, Mondays through Fridays.
Webinars are 50–60 minutes long.

Start Time Windows
9:30–11:30 AM
11:30 AM–1 PM
1:30–3 PM

Beliefs Made Visible: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in Art

Discover how artworks from South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, and the Himalayas reveal belief systems addressing universal concerns. Students will engage in hands-on activities incorporating close looking, movement, meditation, and drawing to learn about three of the major world religions.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.5. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of India. 7.2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.

Ancient China

See how writing developed, learn about 3,000-year-old bronze technologies, and draw conclusions about how beliefs and ideas spread throughout ancient China. Compare your discoveries to your own daily life.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.6. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the early civilizations of China.

Cultural Celebrations: Lunar New Year

Our docents and storytellers introduce your assembly to the rich traditions and cultural celebrations around the Lunar New Year.

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Organizers & Sponsors

The Asian Art Museum Storyteller Program is generously supported by the Kimball Foundation. 

The Asian Art Museum Docent Program is generously supported by the Dhanam Foundation and Society for Asian Art.