Gallery of California Art

Follow the story of the Golden State’s creative evolution through the themes of California Land, California People, and California Creativity in the Gallery of California Art. View works from all disciplines—from paintings and sculpture to new media. Students discover their role in California’s lineage of creativity and expression as they make connections between the state’s best known artists and their own lives.

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Art Tours 2018–2019

Grades K–2
Colors, shapes, and lines, oh my! Work together to look for details and respond to paintings, sculpture, and crafts. Feel the textures of artist materials, and learn how artists express emotion during this tour that emphasizes movement and imaginative experiences. This tour can be customized to a theme that meets teacher and student needs.

Grades 2–8
Discover how artists communicate personal and cultural identity through symbols, settings, and expressions in portraits. Make connections to your own individual and community identity. Plus, check out an accompanying DIY self-portrait activity that you can do in your classroom: (downloadable PDF and Powerpoint).

Grades 3–12

What makes California so vibrant? Find your place in California’s lineage of creativity as you explore, analyze, and interpret paintings, sculpture, and crafts. Collaborate to build skills in visual literacy and critical thinking through interactive activities inspired by art. Discover how visual imagery influences ideas, emotions, and actions. This tour can be customized to a theme that meets teacher and student needs.

Grades 4–12
See California through the point of view of early artists. Explore and interpret photographs, paintings, and other artworks that portray people, lifestyles, environments, and changing attitudes in early California and during the Gold Rush. Drawing parallels to today, discover how art influences ideas, beliefs, and experiences.

Grades 8–12
Explore, analyze, and interpret photographs ranging from the earliest-known daguerreotypes to contemporary expressions. Discover the practices of famous photographers, including Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. See how California photographers have captured and shaped our understanding of the state’s people, places, and most critical issues. 


Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Please note: Art Gallery tours are unavailable from October 24–December 7. 

Times: 9:45 am and 11 am
Tours are 45 minutes long unless otherwise noted.

Fees: $4.50 per person
A ticket must be purchased for every student and chaperone. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

Note: Classes will be divided into small groups. Each tour will be slightly different. If your students have been assigned a worksheet, please wait until after your tour is finished to have them complete it. Please provide your students with writing surfaces and pencils. Pens are not allowed in the Galleries. 

*Please note, content may include sensitive material related to tour themes. OMCA Docents aim to provide age-appropriate programming for each group. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 510-318-8470.

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