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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.

Admission to the Museum is FREE 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.

Using Art to Address the Common Core State Standards
For more information on these programs or to be added to our email list (please include school, subject and grade level) please contact Kelly Almeida at 805-884-6457 or

Educator Events & Workshops
Register to attend an educator event or workshop, Common Core Standard training and our various curriculum inspired Art Studio Saturday workshops.
K–6 Programs and Resources

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.

2014-2015 K-6 School & Teacher Brochure will be available September 1, 2014. 
K-6 Lesson Plans

Jr. High / High School Programs and Resources

Request a gallery tour date for your class, register for special High School events, educator events and workshops, view information on SBMA's ELL Night and access resources to use in the classroom.

2014-2015 Jr. High/High School & Teacher Brochure will be available September 1, 2014. 
Jr.High/High School Lesson Plans

Outreach Programs
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).
Lesson Plans
Download step by step art activities, curriculum connections, artist biographies and more.

K-6 Lesson Plans
Jr.High/High School Lesson Plans

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, Jane and Ken Anderson, Gwen and Henry Baker, Jill and John C. Bishop, Jr., Patricia and Richard Blake, Sheila and Richard Bonsignore, Shelby Bowen, Susan D. Bowey, Business First Bank, California Arts Council, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Estate of June Celmayster, Gordon B. Crary, Jr., Suzanne and Tom Deardorff Family, Julia Delgado, Jane Eagleton, Echelon Video, Betsy and Roy Edwards, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Christine and Robert Emmons, Lois and Robert Erburu, Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan, Estates of Jean and Howard Fenton, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Martha and John Gabbert, Dorothy and John Gardner, Paul Guido, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, Perri Harcourt, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, Lorna S. Hedges, High Tide Foundation, Shirley Ann and James H. Hurley, Joan and Palmer Jackson, Susan and Palmer Jackson Family, Gina and Joe Jannotta, Kirby-Jones Foundation, June and William Kistler, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Judith Little, Little One Foundation, Lucifer Lighting Company, The Luria Family Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Jennifer and John Markham Family, Siri and Bob Marshall, Sheila and Frank McGinity, Susan McMillan and Tom Kenny Family, Gretchen and Marshall Milligan, Montecito Bank & Trust, Mosher Foundation, Rita and Steven Moya, Françoise and James Park, Joanne Pearson, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Regina and Rick Roney, Santa Barbara Foundation, Savoir Faire Catering, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Susan and Arthur W. Schultz, Laura and Craig Shelburne Family, Sneh Singh, Southern California Edison, Marianne and Norman F. Sprague III, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Steele Family Foundation, Connie Frank and Evan C. Thompson, The Towbes Foundation, Jeanne G. Towles, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Patricia J. Van Every, Susan and Hubert Vos, Tim Walsh and Mike Healy, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas N. Weber, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Linda and Doug Wood, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and anonymous donors.


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