Dear Fellow Educators,
We invite you to use the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as a teaching resource and extension of your classroom. Learning through art is a powerful way to enhance the curriculum at every grade level and across subject areas. Using a discussion-based approach and a blend of Visual Thinking Strategies as well as thinking routines, we invite students to learn how to look. The development of critical thinking skills has come to be recognized as an essential component in the education of young people and is at the heart of the new Common Core standards. Learning to look at art helps students develop the kind of skills that are essential for success across curriculum and throughout life: helping them to become college and career ready. Within the framework of these facilitated discussions, students take on increasingly complex ideas as they move through grade levels and show significant improvement in associating, comparing, and contrasting, flexible thinking, supporting a hypothesis with relevant evidence, and most strongly, observing and interpreting as they construct both their own and shared knowledge.
Effective September 1, 2012 SBMA is offering free admission to all Santa
Barbara County students (from K – college) with current ID/proof of local residency and all
Santa Barbara County teachers (K – 12th grade) with current ID.
FREE Programs and FREE Busing!
For those outside of the SB School District, busing stipends are available.
School programs are taught by SBMA-trained docents, Teaching Artists, and educators.
Register to attend an educator event or workshop, Common Core Standard training and our various curriculum inspired Art Studio Saturday workshops.
2012–2013 K–6 School & Teacher Brochure
Sign-up for our K–1 age appropriate interactive studio class and gallery tour at the Museum, request a classroom Power Point presentation and tour date for your 2–6 grade class, register for educator events and workshops, and access resources to use in the classroom.
K-6 Lesson Plans
The Museum partners with a variety of schools and community organizations for museum based and on–site outreach programs.
Sign up for ELL Focus Tours (bilingual tours available).
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors for their
contributions to the Museum's Education Programs:
Schlosser Family Trust
Bank of America, Shelby Bowen, Business First Bank, California Arts Council, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation, Citrix Online, Robert and Christine Emmons, Larry Feinberg and Starr Siegele, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Connie Frank and Evan Thompson, Giles Family Foundation, Katherine and Dan Gunther, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, The Hearst Foundations, Cyndee Howard, Hutton Parker Foundation, Junior League of Santa Barbara, Kirby-Jones Foundation, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Little One Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Montecito Bank & Trust, Mosher Foundation, Rita and Steven Moya, John Oppedisano and Debra Cabral, The Orfalea Foundations, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Police Activities League, Nancy B. Schlosser, SBMA Docent Council, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Jeanne Thayer, The Towbes Foundation, U.S. Bank, Venoco, Inc., Susan and Hubert Vos, The Elizabeth Firth Wade Endowment Fund, Linda and Doug Wood, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and an anonymous donor.