Programs

Programs

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Programs 2017–18

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

 

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 natural paint from organic 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 natural paint from organic materials and create an original art piece.
  • 45-minute tour in the Gallery of California Art before or after the workshop.
Dates
October 25–December 15 (no program November 10, 22–24)
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 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 California Indian cultures from the past through the present. The program includes:

  • A 45-minute discussion with a California Indian 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.*
Dates
October 19–December 15 (no program November 10, 23, or 24)
Days & Times
Thursday and Friday, 10:15 am–12:15 pm or 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Fees
$250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30%.
*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.

 

New this year!
TAKE ROOT: HOW OAKLAND GROWS FOOD 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: How Oakland Grows Food. Learn about the social issues impacting access to healthy, fresh foods, and the diverse ways people respond to challenging conditions. Program includes:

  • A 45-minute tour of the special exhibition Take Root: How Oakland Grows Food incorporating connections to the Natural Sciences Gallery.
  • A 75-minute poster-making workshop, in which students use screen-printing techniques to creatively express themselves on issues of food justice.
Dates
January 24–March 16
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:45–11:45 am (does not include lunch break), or 11:00 am–1:30 pm (includes a 30-minute lunch break)
Fees
$250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

 

THOSE FABULOUS '49ERs
Grades 4–5
Explore the people, technology, and environmental impact 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 the California Gold Rush.
  • A 60-minute outdoor workshop featuring a tools and a photo mural exploration, and gold panning activity in the Museum Gardens.
Dates
March 21–June 1
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
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 4–May 25
Days & Times
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 am–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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