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.
Register to attend an educator event or workshop, Common Core Standard training and our various curriculum inspired Art Studio Saturday workshops.
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
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.
Jr.High/High School 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, Estate of June Celmayster, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Christine and Robert Emmons, Estates of Jean and Howard Fenton, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, High Tide Foundation, Kirby-Jones Foundation, June and William Kistler, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Little One Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Montecito Bank & Trust, Rita and Steven Moya, Françoise and James Park, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Southern California Edison, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Evan C. Thompson Foundation, The Towbes Foundation, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Susan and Hubert Vos, Wells Fargo Foundation, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and anonymous donors.