School Groups

School Groups

Participate in conversational, active learning.

Guided visits invite school-age students to make connections between art, curriculum, social and cultural contexts, and their lives. Open-ended conversations sparked by compelling works of art encourage students to construct interpretations, use critical thinking and evidential reasoning, and develop social and emotional skills.   

di Rosa’s gallery lessons support California Common Core State Standards and classroom learning objectives through research-based arts integration teaching strategies, and can be adapted to meet the needs of English Language learners. Gallery lessons vary in length, from sixty minutes to two hours and often incorporate active learning strategies such as drawing, manipulatives, writing, and drama-based instruction.  

When you plan a trip to di Rosa, our enthusiastic and knowledgeable education team will create a flexible plan to meet the needs of your curriculum and the interests of your students. In addition, di Rosa educators are trained to select developmentally appropriate artworks.

Make your reservation today!

Please note the following when making your reservation:

  • Guided visit admission is $3 per student
  • Up to 60 students can be accommodated per two-hour block
  • We request 1 chaperone per 10 students grades 1-12
  • We request 1 chaperone per 8 students grades PK-K
  • Reservations must be submitted three weeks before your proposed field trip date
  • Additional chaperones will be asked to pay regular admission 

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Two portraits side by side One of Davina Semo on the left and Jim Drain on the right..

Special Exhibitions Tour of Davina Semo: Core Reflections and Jim Drain: Membrane

Take a deep dive into the topics and artists featured in di Rosa’s special exhibition, Davina Semo: Core Reflections and Jim Drain: MembraneFocused on the special exhibition in Gallery 1, this visit will provide students time to stretch and explore through activities designed to develop interpretive, analytical, and communication skills. Recommended for grades 7-12.

@ di Rosa

What makes di Rosa unique? Students will sample artworks in and outside the galleries as they learn about the history of the property, region, and the legacy of Northern California art and artists. This visit will incorporate memorable and stimulating activities that encourage the development of close looking and critical thinking skills. Recommended for grades 3-12. 

Finding Balance

Our Contemporary Moment

What is social justice? Our Contemporary Moment asks students to consider the role of social justice in their daily lives through critical examination with an emphasis on empathy and perspective-taking. This guided visit will encourage students to question their perspectives and stance on issues as they analyze current events presented through the lens of artwork on view at di Rosa. A pre-visit lesson is provided to further contextualize the learning experience. Recommended for grades 7-12.

Art Outside

Explore artworks found throughout di Rosa’s grounds, including the Sculpture Meadow and Courtyard. Visits are entirely outdoors. In the event of rain, @ di Rosa will be offered (indoors only). Recommended for grades PK-12. 

Art Lit

Each Art Lit lesson uses one picture book to seamlessly incorporate visual literacy with language arts and social and emotional learning. Gallery activities and drama-based instruction bring both the story and works of art to life, as students engage in close looking, expressive writing, and storytelling. The book you choose will be mailed to you (on loan) to read in the classroom before your visit.

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PK / K:

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Journey by Aaron Becker

Grades 1 / 2:

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg


Self-guided Visits

The option to self-guide is available to educators who wish to directly instruct their students. A pre-visit to the campus is required for planning purposes. Available to grades 9-12.

Yellow Schoool Bus in front of di Rosa's Gallery 1

Financial Aid

We are committed to removing financial barriers for PK-12 schools with demonstrated financial need. Free admission and limited free busses are available.

A child's hand folds an oragami butterfly

di Rosa Studio

Add a 30 minute studio to your experience for $2 per student. This option may be added before or after your visit, and will be tailored to complement what your students will see and discuss in the galleries. 


Need a place for lunch? Groups are welcome to reserve the Olive Grove for a 30-minute brown-bag picnic after exploring the galleries and grounds. This option is free of charge and weather permitting; in the case of inclement weather, we offer the option to picnic in our Program Hub. All trash, compost, and recycling must be packed out.


Save The Date

Back to School / Back to di Rosa Educator’s Open House

SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
10 AM – 4 PM

Back to School / Back to di Rosa Educator’s Open House

Make di Rosa part of your back to school plans! Drop in at your leisure during di Rosa’s Educator’s Open House. Preview exhibitions, self-guide the grounds, and receive special resources just for teachers. Make the most of your time by taking an Educator’s Tour.

 Educator’s Tour

In one quick hour, di Rosa educators will provide an orientation about school visits, the galleries, and grounds. This tour is recommended for anyone who has not visited di Rosa and is considering bringing their students. Information will be provided about financial aid, logistics, optional studio activities, and picnicking on the grounds. Pre-register for the time slot associated with your grade level; educators of all subjects are invited.

10:30 – 11:30 AM: Elementary

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Middle School / High School