Museum-Generated Lesson Plans

The Museum’s Education Department has created a series of lesson plans to help introduce art into the classroom. The following lesson plans have been designed to help educators create elaborate classroom activities that will enhance their students’ understanding of works of art at The San Diego Museum of Art. They have been designed to be adaptable to any age group, can be developed from inexpensive materials, and are easy to integrate into a variety of disciplines.

The lessons presented here can be explored solely in the classroom but are best supported with an accompanying field trip to the Museum, and can be used as a resource both before and after the set visit.  Through these lessons, students will be introduced to works of art on view in the galleries, representing a wide array of artistic mediums, styles, and cultures that are most fully experienced in person and through the accompanying projects.

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How To Guides

Each guide includes 3-4 different lesson plans.

European Art: Educators Art Fair-Spring 2016

Renaissance Altarpiece Panel Collage
Still-life Floral in 3-D
German Expressionism Inspired Prints

Still Life: Educators Art Fair-Fall 2016

George Braque: Exploring Cubism
German Expressionist Pastel Still Life
Matisse: Bright and Bold Relief Sculpture

Art of East Asia: Educators Art Fair-Spring 2014

Cloisonné-Inspired Origami Collage
Korean Celadon-Inspired Papier Mâché Vessel
Treasured Object-Inspired Still Life
Contemporary Deity Collage

Visualizing Music: Educators Art Fair-Fall 2014

Sound Print Compositions
Abstracted Instrument Still Life
Constructed Cardboard Instruments
Visual Rhythm Collage


Rhythms in Color-form Vibrations – The Art of Music – 2015

Exploration of Abstraction – 2018

Garden of Activities – 2020