Get Smart with Art

Get Smart with Art is a three part program for grades 4–12 that supports the California state content standards in language arts, social studies and visual arts. The program includes free curriculum materials and consists of:

  1. Visit preparation: teachers prepare students with Get Smart with Art curriculum in their classrooms before visiting the museum.
  2. Gallery tour: docents lead students through the galleries and highlight works studied in the classroom, encouraging dialogue about the art and cultures represented.
  3. Studio art activity: students will be asked to make connections to and explore artistic processes related to the artworks viewed in the galleries.

Tour Availability

  • Registration for school programs (October 8, 2019–May 22, 2020) will open July 15, 2019. As the City of San Francisco’s Museums, we prioritize SFUSD schools in the booking process. All other requests will be processed in the order received.
  • Get Smart with Art (4–5, 7–12) guided visits are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 am and 10:45 am at the de Young museum.
  • Get Smart with Art (6th grade only) guided visits are offered on Wednesdays at 10 am at the Legion of Honor.
  • Please note that the guided tour and studio art activity require a two-hour commitment.
  • Groups are not scheduled on the first free Tuesday of every month.

Schedule a Visit Online

  • A minimum of 8 weeks’ advance notice is required. All requests are subject to availability.
  • The maximum size of a class group is 30 students; the only exceptions is 6th grade Get Smart with Art at the Legion of Honor, which can accommodate up to 90 students. Larger groups require multiple slots. 
  • The Get Smart With Art program is free. If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please let us know at your earliest convenience. Cancellations made with less than three weeks notice means we will be unable to fill the slot and other students will not be able to attend.
  • A minimum of one adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.

Schedule a Get Smart with Art Tour

Contact Information

Questions? Email or call 415.750.7696.



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Get Smart with Art is made possible with support from the Belvedere-Tiburon Museum Auxiliary, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Hillsborough Auxiliary, The Links, Inc., and Daphne and Stuart Wells.

William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation

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