Temporary Exhibition Resources for Educators

Below you will find resources and curriculae specially crafted for the Museums' temporary exhibtions. These special exhibition resources include study images and themes, pre-visit activities, lesson plans and more all in alignment with California State Standards.

Exhibition Resources

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (Legion of Honor | June 24, 2017–September 24, 2017)

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade features approximately 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels as well as 40 examples of period hats. The exhibition will be the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists. We hope that the information assembled here will help you prepare for an impactful museum visit. The enclosed materials are designed to inform your pre-visit teaching. 

The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll (de Young | April 8, 2017–August 20, 2017)

This exhibition is a 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967. Assembled here is information about the exhibition that you can use to plan your students’ experiences.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (de Young | April 1, 2017–August 6, 2017)

This exhibition is the first major display in 20 years dedicated to Davis, a key figure in American modernism. Blurring distinctions between “high” and “low” art, between abstraction and figuration, and between text and imagery, these paintings reflect both the excitement and turbulence of the artist’s times. The resources assembled here will provide you and your 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 grade students with activities that encourage close looking and tools for interpreting abstraction.

Monet: The Early Years (Legion of Honor | February 25, 2017–May 29, 2017)

Monet: The Early Years will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately 60 paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. The K-2, 3-5, 9-12 grade lesson plans assembled here will provide you and your students with tools for viewing the progression of Monet’s career.

J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free  (de Young | June 20–September 20, 2015)

Bringing together more than sixty oil paintings and watercolors from a host of international lenders, J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free is the first major exhibition devoted to Turner’s achievements during his final period of productivity, when some of his most iconic works were created. The resources assembled here will provide you and your students with tools to experiment with one of the media in which Turner most loved to work, watercolor. The assembled lessons offer K–12 students an opportunity to explore specific techniques that will deepen their viewing experiences at the museum.

Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland  (Legion of Honor | March 7–May 31, 2015)

This selection of masterpieces allows your students an opportunity to see a diverse array of artworks spanning more than 400 years of art history, from some of the most renowned European and American artists. The resources assembled here will provide you and your students  with tools for viewing the work in the exhibition. The curriculum for the exhibition Botticelli to Braque addresses the learning needs of grades K–3, 6–8, and 9–12. While these materials are written to support the visual and language arts standards of the intended grade levels, you may want to adapt them to meet the particular needs of your classroom.

Keith Haring: The Political Line (de Young | November 8, 2014–February 16, 2015)

The critically acclaimed exhibition creates a narrative that explores the artist’s responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, the excesses of capitalism, environmental degradation, and others issues of deep personal concern to the artist.The curriculum for the Keith Haring exhibition addresses the learning needs of grades 6-8 and 9-12. While these lessons are written to meet the developmental abilities of the intended students, we encourage you to read all the lessons as the information provided in each will deepen your understanding of the artist and his work.

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshius (January 26–June 2, 2013)

In this curriculum guide you will find three lesson plans, each geared for a specific grade range: K–5, 6–8, and 9–12. While these lessons are written to meet the developmental abilities of the intended students, we encourage you to read all the lessons as the information provided in each will deepen your understanding of the exhibition.

Masters of Venice (October 29, 2011–February 12, 2012)

This exhibition, featuring works that were once part of the collection of the Habsburg family, offers you and your students a unique opportunity study works from the Renaissance. The resources assembled here are designed to provide you and your students with ideas for viewing the exhibition and for conducting follow-up activities to expand the experience. For more information, visit the resources page.

Pissarro's People (Oct 22, 2011–Jan 22, 2012)

The resources assembled on this page are organized around three themes, each of which is directed at a specific grade range (K–2, 3–5 and 9–12) and aligns with California State Standards. While written to support the visual and language arts standards of the intended grade levels, please note that these materials may need additional adjustments to meet the needs of your classroom. For more information visit the resources page.

Picasso: Masterworks from the Musée National Picasso, Paris (June 11–October 10, 2011)

In this curriculum guide you will find four lesson plans, each geared for a specific grade range: K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. While these lessons are written to meet the developmental abilities of the intended students, we encourage you to read all the lessons as the information provided in each will deepen your understanding of the artist and his work. For more information visit the curriculum website.

Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico (February 19–May 8, 2011)

In this curriculum guide you will find two sets of lesson plans and additional resources with which students may explore the archaeological process, learn about the environment in which the Olmec lived, and analyze how the works of art document their culture. Fore more information visit the curriculum website.

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond (September 25, 2010–January 18, 2011)

In this curriculum guide you will find lesson plans that help students discover the revolutionary nature of Post-Impressionist art work and artists through the language arts and visual arts. Fore more information visit the curriculum website.

Exploring the Highlands: Art, Science and Conservation

Explore the Highlands through a new collaborative program developed by the de Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the California Academy of Sciences! For more information, please visit highlands.famsf.org.