Observe, Interpret, and Create

Free for Students, Families, and Educators

Designed for Grades 3–8

Our Student Art Workshops are now available virtually!

Student Art Workshop videos are designed to offer students a unique and layered art experience from a distance, with just a screen, pencil, and piece of paper.

These FREE in-depth workshops provide an opportunity for students to pair the processes of observing and interpreting art from the Museum’s galleries with the exploratory process of creating art in workshops led by our Museum Educators.

Students will begin with an inquiry filled 20-minute video of a docent-led virtual tour, designed to allow students to discover and engage with relevant artworks in the Museum’s collection. In a second video students will have the opportunity to create their own work of art through a guided 10-minute drawing lesson instructed by one of the Museum’s professional Museum Educators. The full digital experience will take about 60-90 minutes and includes time for art making and reflection.

Students will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn to think critically about how to look at, and interpret art
  • Make connections between the artworks on display in the museum and the art they individually create
  • Explore ideas and processes derived from formal art practices
  • Engage in creative expression and create art

Each tour and workshop aligns with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards and California Common Core learning goals for literacy, utilizing critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication.

Register below to receive a digital package shared via email.

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

Workshop Options:

Persian Tiles

Students will learn about Central & South Asian ceramics and traditional motifs, and explore ways to design a unique pattern of their own drawing inspiration from Persian Tiles.

Still Life

Students will learn about traditional and nontraditional approaches to Still Life, and create a representational drawing by observing objects that tell a story about who they are.


Students will explore the lines and hatches of Rembrandt, and draw self-portraits with pencil and paper, or using the subtractive method on scratch board.

Student Art Workshops

  • Please fill out the form below to schedule your workshop

Featured: Court Scene with Dancing and Feasting, 1920. Ceramic tile. Museum purchase with funds provided by The Asiatic Arts Committee of the Fine Arts Society and Mrs. Irving T. Snyder, 1958. 1958.33.b.2. | José Agustín Arrieta. Still-life, ca. 1870. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by Dean and Mrs. Michael H. Dessent and the Latin American Arts Committee. 2001.17. | Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Self-Portrait, Etching at a Window, 1648. Etching. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Helen M. Towle Bequest. 1947.64.d.