Observe, Interpret, and Create

Free for Students and Educators

Designed for Grades 3–8

Our Student Art Workshops are now available in person or virtually via Zoom!

Student Art Workshops provide an opportunity for students to pair the processes of observing and interpreting art from the Museum galleries with the exploratory process of creating art in workshops led by our Museum Educators. These free workshops are designed to offer a unique and layered art experience, whether experienced in person at the Museum or in your classroom via Zoom.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe and interpret art from the Museum collection
  • Explore ideas and experiment with studio art processes and materials
  • Make connections between the artworks on display in the Museum and the art they individually create
  • Engage in creative expression and personal visual storytelling through art

Register below through the online form.

Please Note: Workshops must be requested online at least two weeks in advance.


Student Art Workshops Available
In Person and Virtually

In person: Join us at The San Diego Museum of Art for small group docent-led experiences in the Museum galleries designed to allow students to discover and engage with artworks in the Museum collection, followed by a hands-on art exploration in our Museum Art School with a Museum Educator. Bus reimbursement scholarships available. All supplies included.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Begins: 9:30 a.m.
  • Ends 12:30 p.m.

Currently scheduling dates in March, April, and May on select Tuesdays and Thursdays.

One adult chaperone per 8 students requested.

Live via Zoom: A Museum Educator will join your class Zoom with brief virtual tour designed to introduce students to the theme and engage with relevant artworks in the Museum collection, followed by a hands-on workshop led by a Museum Educator using multiple demonstration cameras. All supplies for the art projects will be prepared, packaged, and delivered to your school site*.

  • Duration 1.5 hours
  • Begins: As requested between 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Ends: 1.5 hours later

Currently scheduling dates in March, April, and May on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

One adult assistant to support in classroom is recommended.

*Supply delivery limited to within 20-mile radius of Museum.


Spring 2022 Workshop Options:

Clay Vessels

Students will explore a variety of ceramic vessel styles and uses and experiment with traditional clay hand building methods including pinch, coil, and texture techniques to create a uniquely formed and textured vessel of their own.

Still Life Watercolor

Students will explore traditional and nontraditional approaches to Still Life, and experiment with both sketching and watercolor methods to create a representational watercolor painting through observing and visually interpreting an arrangement of presented objects.


Student Art Workshops

  • Please fill out the form below to schedule your workshop

Featured: Oval red brown vessel, Lesotho, 19th century. Clay. Gift of Sana Art Foundation, SA-052-06. | Herbert B. Turner. California Still-life, ca. 1965. Oil on canvas. Gift of the artist, 1965.25.