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Registration for 2016-2017 school tours is now open. All programs are free with pre-registration. Book now to get your first-choice dates for this year’s special exhibitions. 




Through Sep 18, 2016

Don’t miss this chance to see these masterworks of Chinese imperial art made from the 12th through the 20th centuries in Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Storytelling and inquiry-based docent tours are available, but space is limited.



Oct 21, 2016–Jan 15, 2017 

The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe is coming soon! Get up close and personal with Rama, Sita, Hanuman and Ravana as students explore the epic tale of the “Ramayana” across cultures through storytelling, inquiry-based gallery tours and a hands-on activity. 



Feb 17–May 14, 2017

You came to see the First Emperor’s terracotta army. Come back with your students this year for part two, Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty, and discover what life was like during the Han dynasty through close investigation of artifacts from Han royal tombs and excavations. 


Apr 29–May 7, 2017, FREE

Celebrate student creativity in visual, literary, media and performing arts at the 2017 SFUSD Arts Festival, presented by the San Francisco Unified School District and the Asian Art Museum. Apply now to perform, or register to bring your class for a field trip.



Teacher Workshop: The Rama Epic
Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

Tour The Rama Epic with exhibition curator Forrest McGill, and trace the timeless story of the “Ramayana” across cultures. Afterward, join in the telling of the story through an interactive performance with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Bay Area-based Balinese music and dance company. $10. FREE for Teacher Members. Pre-registration required.


Teacher Workshop: Comparing the Han and Roman Empires
Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 9:30 AM–2:30 PM

Delve into a comparative history of the Han and Roman empires with scholar talks, model lessons and object investigations and a tour of the exhibition Tomb Treasures. Presented in collaboration with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project. $10. FREE for Teacher Members. Pre-registration required.


Arts Education Resource Fair
Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 4–6 PM

Network with arts organizations and teachers from across San Francisco. Discover new resources and opportunities to engage the arts in your classroom. Presented in partnership with the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Unified School District. FREE.


Storytelling: Bring the Ramayana to Life

Introduce your students to the main characters of the “Ramayana” in this storytelling video, “The Abduction of Sita.”




More Resources

Discover more educator- and student-centered resources on our Education portal. For more information about school visits, educator resources and teacher programs, visit education.asianart.org. You can also reach us at schools@asianart.org or by calling 415.581.3697.

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Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei is co-organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Doris Shoong Lee and Theodore Bo Lee, Robert and Vivian Tsao, Diane B. Wilsey, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, East West Bank, United Airlines, Alphawood Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, BizLink Technology, Inc., Jamie and Steve Chen, Lee Chen, Christie's, C.M. Capital Corporation, Fred Eychaner, Winnie and Michael Feng, Doug Tilden and Teresa Keller Tilden, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, The American Friends of the Shanghai Museum, Julia K. Cheng, Cheng & Tsui Company, Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, H. Christopher Luce and Tina Liu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C., and anonymous donors. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Art and the Humanities, and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsors: ABC7, KQED, Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, Sina. The Artists Drawing Club series is made possible with generous support from Cathy and Howard Moreland. Major support for the Asian Art Museum’s school programs and resources is provided by the Estate of Dorothy J. Bakewell, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, Inc, and Pacific Gas & Electric. Additional support is provided by The Charles D. and Frances K. Field Fund, The Sato Foundation, The Henri & Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, Dodge & Cox, The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation, and The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.

Vase with revolving core and eight-trigram design, approx. 1744. Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, Qing dynasty, reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736–1795). Porcelain with golden glaze, polychrome decoration, and appliquéd sculpture. National Palace Museum, Taipei, Guci 017214 Lie-408. Photograph © National Palace Museum, Taipei.Rama’s concerns for Sita, from Bhanudatta’s Rasamanjari, approx. 1720. India; Jammu and Kashmir state, former kingdom of Jammu. Opaque watercolors on paper. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, IS.116‑1960. Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.Burial suit, Chinese, Han Dynasty, 206 BC - 220 AD, jade and replaced copper wire - George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. Wikimedia Commons.




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