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Heroic Portraits- A lesson plan

THE ATOM, 1962.

Mel Ramos (American, born 1935)

Oil on canvas, 50 x 44 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Thiebaud, 1986.6.

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Impressionism and Colors- A lesson plan

The Arroyo Seco, Pasadena, Circa 1918. Franz A. Bischoff (American, born Austria, 1864–1929). Oil on canvas, 24 x 40 in. Crocker Art Museum, Melza and Ted Barr Collection, 2009.19.

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Upcoming workshops and events



Lesson Plan Roundup

Dive into three different STEAM lesson plans and explore how you can incorporate the Museum into your curriculum. Enjoy an insightful gallery tour, creative artmaking in the studio, and complimentary admission to the Museum until 9 PM.

Teacher2Teacher is made possible in part by the generous support of Kingsley Art Club, California Cultural and Historical Endowment’s Museum Grant Program, and The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation.

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Virtual Education Center Exploration

The Mel and Leta Ramos Virtual Education Center is the Crocker’s ultimate online resource for teachers! This Teacher2Teacher workshop will explore this incredible tool. Participants learn how art on view at the Museum aligns with core standards and how to use works of art to develop lesson ideas and themes. Enjoy an insightful gallery tour and creative artmaking in the studio, as well as complementary admission to ArtMix: Camp!

Teacher2Teacher is made possible in part by the generous support of Kingsley Art Club, California Cultural and Historical Endowment’s Museum Grant Program, and The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation.

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Winter Art Break

Calling all creative kids! Explore art on view and create bugs, paint Manga, or sculpt creatures.

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Museum Meet-Ups

The Crocker is excited to introduce a unique opportunity for our community of art lovers to get to know one another! Relax at these informal gatherings in the Friedman Court, and enjoy music, a host of fun puzzles and games, and special 40-minute tours highlighting what’s new on view at 6 and 7 PM.

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Guided Tour: Crocker History

Step back in time with an experienced docent on this history-infused tour about the Crocker family and the era they lived in. Tour changes monthly

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Frame by Frame: Women + Photography

To expand upon Modern Women | Modern Vision: Photography from the Bank of America Collection, the Crocker presents Frame by Frame, a film series that highlights the impact of film on the practice of female photographers. Former photojournalist for the Sacramento Bee and documentarian Autumn Payne; photographer, filmmaker, and California State University, Sacramento professor Kathryn Kasic; and artist Muzi Li Rowe will each present a film that has shaped their artistic vision in a meaningful way.

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Color Lab for Veterans and Military Families

Veterans and military families are invited to to this easy-going workshop celebrating the element of color!  Paint a color wheel or assemble a colorful sun catcher. All supplies are provided, and no previous art experience is necessary.  Adult caregivers are encouraged to assist ages 4 and under.

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Kids & Co. Gallery Adventures

Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older and the adults who tag along with them. Come back every month for a totally new experience

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Studio Classes: Adults

Experience the Crocker’s world-renowned collection and diverse exhibitions through discussion and artmaking, and let great art of the past and present inspire your own creative expression. Most classes include at least one gallery visit to view the permanent collection or a special exhibition. The Musuem’s highly trained staff and instructors are committed to providing students of all experience levels with a supportive and engaging experience

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Want to share your great work? Submit a lesson or resource for review and publication. The Crocker team will work with you to refine your lesson and publish it on this site for all to see, use, and enjoy.

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