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Art of Africa and/or Mesoamerica (7th Grade)

Africa is a vast continent made up of more than fifty countries with many different climates and types of land: hot savannas, deserts, green rain forests, large river valleys and snow-covered mountains. The Niger, the Nile, and the Congo are Africa’s three major rivers. Africa is inhabited by a greater variety of ethnic groups (or peoples) than any other continent. These groups speak hundreds of languages, practice diverse religions and customs, and—of course—create a wide variety of art.

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Colonial History (5th Grade)

The works of art presented in this guide offer students an introduction to American history as represented by the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Each object is treated as a primary source; we encourage students to use their critical thinking skills to interpret the clues imbedded in each of the objects. Students will have the opportunity to “explore” the development of colonial government in New Spain, the changing communities of Boston, as well as learn about the political tensions that ultimately lead to the American Revolution.


California History (4th Grade)

To discuss California history is to explore the multiple layers of cultural heritage that comprise the fascinating story of our state. Focusing on the mid–to–late nineteenth century, the ten objects presented in this guide address the growth of Euro–American settlements in the California region, technological advancements such as the Transcontinental Railroad, and the great wealth produced by western mining operations.


Bank of America "Museums on Us"

Installation view of David Hockney exhibition
July 4, 2015 -

Bank of America is a proud a supporter of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. During Museums on Us weekends, the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders receive complimentary general admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor. Tickets are available on site on the day of visit only and are subject to availability. It is recommended that visitors arrive early for best assurance of entry. Learn more at museums.bankofamerica.com

Docent Lecture: "The Splendor of the Past: A Diary of 18th Century Paris", by Marsha Holm

Salon Doré from the Hôtel de la Trémoille, Paris
August 15, 2015 -

From the salon to the shops, the couturier's to the courtiers, 18th century Paris exuded high fashion and high living. Using paintings, furniture, porcelain, and silver from the collection of the Legion of Honor, this lecture will examine the food, fashion, and frivolities that made life in Paris so remarkable.

Slow Art Day

slow art day
April 11, 2015 -

One day each Spring people all over the world visit museums and galleries to look at art slowly.

The structure of Slow Art Day is simple: visit a museum, choose a work of art, and spend five to ten minutes engaging with it. Discuss your experience with friends or join the online conversation using #SlowArtDay. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the practice of seeing.

Looking with a Soft Gaze with Stephen Holtzman
2–3 pm | de Young

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