Observe, Interpret, and Create

Free for Students and Educators

Designed for Grades 3–12

In-Person Student Art Workshops are now available!

Student Art Workshops offer the chance for students to pair the processes of observing and interpreting art from the Museum galleries with the exploratory process of creating art in response through workshops led by our Art+Empathy Museum Educators. This free workshop is designed to offer a unique art experience in person at the Museum.

Students visit the Museum and Museum Art School to:

  • Observe and interpret art in the Museum galleries
  • 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

Presented with support from the Julie Sourisa Memorial Art Fund.

In-Person Student Art Workshops

Join us at The San Diego Museum of Art for small group docent-led experiences in the Museum galleries. This time in the presence of art is designed to allow students to discover and engage with artworks in the Museum collection, followed by a multi-media hands-on art exploration in our Museum Art School with one of our Art and Empathy Museum Educators.

All supplies included. Maximum 36 students, 4 adults.

One adult chaperone per 10 students requested. Bus reimbursement scholarships available. Please inquire through the below online form.

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

Inquire through the below link.

Please note: Workshops must be requested online at least three weeks in advance. There is a maximum of two entries per school.

2023-2024 Student Art Workshop

Gail Trowbridge, In the Beginning, undated. Lithograph. Bequest of the artist, 1974. 62.


Students are invited to explore the theme of movement in works of art in the Museum galleries, from the human figure in motion to abstract representations of energy and flow. In the studio, students will have an opportunity to visually explore their ideas around figurative and emotional movement through a series of printmaking methods.

Thank you for your interest in student art workshops.
Request dates below.

Please note, workshops must be requested online at least three weeks in advance. There is a maximum of two entries per school.