School Programs 2019–2020

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California Indian Living
New! No Spectators School Program
Under the Sea: Exploring the World of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
The Fateful ‘49ers
New! Art Speaks Loud: California Artists Take a Stand

 

CALIFORNIA INDIAN LIVING
Grades 3–5
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 3–December 13 (no program November 28 or 29)
Days: Thursday and Friday
Times: 10:15 am–12:15 pm or 10:30 am–12:30 pm (do NOT include a lunch break)
Fee: $250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off


NEW! NO SPECTATORS SCHOOL PROGRAM
Grades 2–5

Explore the AWE-some art of Burning Man and learn how this community comes together to make the impossible possible. The program includes:

  • A 45-minute group exploration of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man*
  • A 75-minute art-making workshop inspired by the art and 10 Principles of Burning Man, including participation, communal effort and gifting

*Classes will be divided into chaperone groups to explore the exhibition. Groups will be greeted and assisted by Docents (not a guided tour), and provided with fun resources to support learning and spark curiosity. 

Dates: October 31–January 31 (no program November 28-29 and December 19–Jan 3)
Days: Thursday and Friday
Times: 9:30–11:45 am or 11:00 am–1:30 pm (includes a 30 minute lunch break)
Fee: $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: February 13-April 3, 2020
Days: Thursday and Friday 
Times: 9:30am–11:45am or 9:45 am–12:15 pm (includes  a 30-minute 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 primary source exploration, and a hands-on gold panning activity in the Museum Gardens*

*OMCA will be undergoing construction to improve access to the Museum. The gold panning workshop will be relocated to a new temporary site within the Museum Gardens for this year.

Dates: April 1–May 29, 2020
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.

 

NEW! ART SPEAKS LOUD: CALIFORNIA ARTISTS TAKE A STAND
Grades 2–6

Investigate how art can be a powerful tool to talk about the issues that matter most to students in California, including the environment, identity, and community.

  • 45-minute tour in the Gallery of California Art focusing on exploration of artworks, developing visual literacy, and preparing to make art
  • 75-minute hands-on art workshop during which students will create their own wax resist watercolor banners

Dates: April 15–May 29, 2020
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Times: 9:30–11:45 am or 11 am–1:30 pm
Fees: $250 per class. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.