Sowing Creativity is a cross-curricular art program that infuses STEAM content and extends our visual arts education into California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Through stimulating multi-week art-making experiences in the classroom, professional artists lead students in challenging and engaging hands-on art activities.
Lessons emphasize artistic exploration, skill-building exercises with drawing, painting, and sculpture, while encouraging participation in active discussions about visual art, math, science, language arts, and more. Each lesson plan integrates cross-curricular methodology while encouraging design thinking and creative problem solving.
Now available online or in-person!
Grades K–12 program structure: four-, six-, or eight-week residency: each class experiences one 60- minute session per week; all art materials are included in the fee. Additionally, a tour of the Museum is included (virtual or in-person available). Mask are required for all Museum tour attendees.
Sowing Creativity Program Includes: cross-curricular art lessons, art supplies, and Museum tour.
Program Fee/Classroom: $480 4-week, $720 6-week, and $960 8-week.
Educational Frameworks and Content Standards
Our award-winning Sowing Creativity program originated as a hands-on STEAM- based series of lessons and is rooted in several educational frameworks. Following Common Core Standards, the curriculum aligns itself with the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Arts Standards for Public Schools. The program has also adopted the Studio Habits of Mind framework for teaching and learning in the visual arts as developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero.
Thank you to our sponsors
Sowing Creativity is supported by generous funding from SVCreates.
The education fund at SJMA is supported in part by a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José, and generous funding from Lucia Cha, Priscilla Chou, the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Swenson Foundation, Farrington Historical Foundation, KPMG LLP, the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, Stuart and Daphne Wells, and SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.
 Sue Shellenbarger, “New Approaches to Teaching Fractions,” The Wall Street Journal, 24 September 2013.