Let's Look at Art

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As your partners in education, Let’s Look at Art is available virtually and in person!

We are pleased to offer FREE presentations for grades K–5.

Let's Look at Art presentations occur during the school year and lead to exciting processes of discovery for students in Santa Clara County. Using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) that support the Common Core State Standards, a trained docent leads a FREE 30-to-45 minute art presentation for your classroom. All art selections are carefully researched and presented with a specific set of curriculum objectives. The artworks also represent the cultural diversity of the Bay Area.

Free! For your classroom

The free presentations occur throughout the school year, beginning late Fall – May. Due to the high volume of requests, we recommend that you sign up early.

Art in the Dark for Middle and High School

We are pleased to offer virtual art presentations for Grades 6–12 for the 2022–23. You can find more information on these presentations under Art in the Dark.

Request a Let's Look at Art Presentation

Portfolio Presentations for Elementary Students

Grade K: Color Fun – Explores color, line, and shape in visual art prints.

Grades 1–3: The Basics of Art – Use the elements of art to teach students how to "read" art.

Grade 4: California – Examine selected masterworks. Review California art and artists or introduce perspective and composition..

Grade 5: America and American Artists – Focus on American history through artists and American art.

Grades 6–12: Click here for information on our Art In The Dark digital presentations available to Grades 6 and up.

Let's Look at Art FAQs

What are the program dates?
The Let’s Look at Art program occurs during the school year September–May.

How much does it cost?
It’s FREE!

How many students per presentation? 
Up to 36 students

How long are the presentations?
Docent-led presentations are from 30- to- 45 minutes. For virtual presentations, teachers must host the video presentation and facilitate interactions with the students during the entire presentation. For in-person presentations, the teacher must remain in the classroom during the entire presentation and ensure good classroom behaviour by the students, encouraging participation.

How can I sign up?
If you need assistance please e-mail LLAA@sjmusart.org. Program dates are September–May, but plan early for best availability as LLAA programs fill very quickly. We make every effort to accommodate your scheduling preference, but because we cannot guarantee availability, your presentation date is confirmed only after you receive a confirmation email from one of our Let’s Look at Art docents.

Volunteer Opportunities

Will you be the volunteer who helps us reach the millionth student?

No art experience is required, and docents enjoy opportunities for personal enrichment through informative lectures and day trips to other museums.

For information about volunteering for the Let’s Look at Art program, please email vol4llaa@sjmusart.org.

Training begins in January.

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Thank you to our supporters

The education fund at SJMA is generously supported by the California Arts Council, the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, SVCreates in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, Lucia Cha, Priscilla Chou, KPMG LLP, the City of San José, the Farrington Historical Foundation, Daphne and Stuart Wells, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Operations and programs at the San José Museum of Art are made possible by generous support from the Museum's Board of Trustees, a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José, the Lipman Family Foundation, the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Yellow Chair Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese, the SJMA Director's Council and Council of 100, the San José Museum of Art Endowment Fund established by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.