Programs

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ASH! (Art, Science & History!): Making Art From the Land
California Indian Living
Take Root Poster-Making
The Fateful ‘49ers
Under the Sea: Exploring the World of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Note: School groups are welcome to explore Museum galleries and special exhibitions for free with purchase of a program. Please leave time before or after you scheduled program time if your group is interested in this option.

 

ASH! (ART, SCIENCE & HISTORY!): MAKING ART FROM THE LAND
Discover how California’s natural beauty and raw materials have been a source of inspiration and artistic expression for its people in artworks that range from indigenous rock pictographs to paintings of Yosemite.

Grades K–1

  • 60-minute hands-on art workshop during which students make their own paint from natural materials and create an original art piece
  • 30-minute tour in the Gallery of California Art before or after the workshop

Grades 2–6

  • 75-minute hands-on art workshop during which students make their own paint from natural materials and create an original art piece
  • 45-minute tour in the Gallery of California Art before or after the workshop

Dates: October 24–December 7, 2018 (no program November 21–23)
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:30 am–12:30 pm or 9:45 am–12:30 pm (Tour/workshop and break times vary based on grade level.)

Fees: $250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30%.

 

CALIFORNIA INDIAN LIVING
Grades 4–5
Explore diverse California Indian cultures from the past through the present. The program includes:

  • A 45-minute discussion with a Native educator about concepts of family and cultural legacy, social justice, and civic engagement
  • A 60-minute multi-gallery tour focusing on the California Indian experience and impact on art, history, and the natural environment*

*Tour groups will visit two of our three galleries. Each group may explore different spots and galleries, but all will include time in the Before the Other People Came section of our Gallery of California History.

Dates: October 18–December 14, 2018 (no program November 22 or 23)
Days: Thursday and Friday
Times: 10:15 am–12:15 pm or 10:30 am–12:30 pm (does not include a lunch break)

Fees: $250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.


TAKE ROOT: POSTER-MAKING PROGRAM
Grades 3–8
How and why do we grow food at home, in our neighborhoods, or urban farms? Dig into stories right here in Oakland in Take Root: Oakland Grows Food. Explore dynamic ecological relationships that make growing possible as well as the social issues impacting equal access to healthy, fresh foods for all of our communities. Program includes:

  • A 45-minute tour of the special exhibition Take Root: Oakland Grows Food incorporating connections to the Gallery of Natural Sciences
  • A 75-minute poster-making workshop, in which students use screen-printing techniques to creatively express themselves on issues of food and social justice-related issues

Dates: January 17–March 15, 2019
Days: Thursday and Friday
Times: 9:45 am–12 pm (does not include lunch break)
           11:00 am–1:45 pm (includes a 45-minute lunch break)

Fees: $250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

 

THE FATEFUL '49ERs
Grades 4–5
Learn about the diverse people, technological innovations, and enduring social and environmental impacts of the California Gold Rush. The visit includes:

  • A 45-minute tour of the Gallery of California History to investigate the causes, experiences, and consequences of this momentous time in our state's history
  • A 60-minute outdoor workshop featuring a tools and a photo mural exploration, and hands-on gold panning activity in the Museum Gardens

Dates: March 20–May 31, 2019
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:30–11:45 am (includes a 30-minute lunch break)
            9:45–11:30 am (does not include lunch break)
            12–2 pm (does not include lunch break)
            12:15–2 pm (does not include lunch break)

Fees: $250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

 

UNDER THE SEA: EXPLORING THE WORLD OF THE CORDELL BANK NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
In the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, discover how the coast of California attracts animals from all over the world in annual migrations that often extend over thousands of miles.

Grades 2–3

  • 60-minute hands-on Create-a-Critter workshop focused on adaptation and how the ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems
  • 45-minute interactive tour in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences before or after the workshop

Grades 4–5

  • 60-minute squid dissection lab focused on squid adaptations, role in the food web, and scientific thought processes
  • 45-minute interactive tour of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences before or after the workshop

Dates: April 11–May 31, 2019
Days: Thursday and Friday
Times: 9:30–11:45 am or 9:45 am–12:15 pm (includes 30-minute break) 

Fees: $250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.


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