The Museum offers a variety of Educator programs and resources.

The annual Educators’ Art Fair and Educators’ Open House, the bi-annual Young Art exhibition, and docent-led programs including Children’s Workshops, and In-School PowerPoint Presentations are just some of the programs and resources offered. Contact us for more information.



This project-based learning program teaches California state standards in literature, math, science, and history through the visual arts and the Museum’s permanent collection. The week-long program is taught in the Museum Art School, or if this is not possible, in the students’ classroom for 2.5 hours a day, with a follow-up visit to the Museum after the completed week. The lessons are centered on Museum exhibition content, and classroom teachers are taught art processes and methods so that they may continue implementing art curriculum even after the program has concluded.


Myths, Angels & Masquerades: Exploring European Art

Discover the fascinating world of European Art! This publication – the first in The San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Unframed series – is the perfect Museum and classroom companion. Geared towards young readers, this fun book explores themes including religious art, landscapes, still-life painting, and portraiture through forty-seven works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection.


The Yearly Educators Preview

This once-a-year, free preview of Museum educations programs and teacher resources is designed for educators. Join us in Balboa Park for a collaborative experience just for educators! Explore The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, and Japanese Friendship Garden’s exhibits and resources.

Enjoy Free food, drink, and giveaways. Connect and network with friends and colleagues.


Educators Fall Preview

October 4, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

RSVP by October 1st by emailing your full name and the name of your educational institution to Nicole Amaya, Coordinator of Educator and Student Programs, at

Resources for Educators Fall Preview.


October 3, 2017

Fleet Science Center

October 4, 2017

The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Japanese Friendship Garden

October 5, 2017

Mingei International Museum



Educators Art Fair

Educators are invited to learn new cross-curricular art projects and to network with colleagues at the annual Educators Art Fair. This event is designed especially for K-12 educators and provides lesson plan ideas and information about submitting to and supporting an upcoming exhibition.

Attendees will participate in three workshops, learn a variety of art-making techniques, and receive a helpful how-to booklet. The lessons are designed and presented by art educators working in collaboration with the Museum staff. A continental breakfast will be served.

April (more information to come)


The Library & Archives

The Research Library, located next to the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden is the region’s largest library specializing in the visual arts. The Library’s holdings comprise more than 30,000 volumes covering a wide range of art topics, with a special emphasis on Italian Renaissance, Spanish Baroque, Indian miniature painting, and Chinese art. In addition, 15,000 bound volumes of art periodicals represent 440 different periodicals, with current subscriptions to 25 key periodicals. More information.

The Archives. Located inside the Research Library, the Archives are the repository for a wide range of materials dealing with the history of the Museum and of the arts in San Diego. The collection includes items relating to key figures in the growth of the Museum such as the Bridges and Putnam families as well as the papers and photographs of several important artists including Robert Henri, Donal Hord, William Templeton Johnson, and Alice Klauber. More information.