San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
K-12 Museum Tours
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles serves schools, colleges, and universities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by providing educational tours and a textile-based hands-on experience. Our exhibitions provide a unique experience and serve as a vehicle for creating an open conversation about fiber art while promoting the value of quilts & textiles. Our tour discussions revolve around a variety of themes that may address history, science, environment, sociology, artist process, women’s craft, geography, and storytelling. Our trained Docents maintain a passion and knowledge for textiles. We encourage students and visitors to think critically and ask questions. Our Docents also provide students the opportunity to see and touch with several of our learning tools.
The museum offers unique resources for higher education unlike any in the Bay Area. Our permanent collection houses over 1000 textiles. The collection is comprised of historic quilts, contemporary art quilts, textile-based art forms, costumes and garments from an array of cultures.
While many of our exhibitions offer an interactive component, students are offered the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity during their scheduled tour. The museum has a variety of unique materials available for our activities. We maintain a large stock of yarn, and a variety of textiles that we utilize for our hands-on activities. Our activities are designed to explore various themes related to our current exhibitions.
Maker Space Studio
Our Maker Space Studio is a multifunctional creative space that houses a variety of textiles. The studio also serves as a classroom for our visiting school groups. Our 45-minute hands-on activities are conducted in the Maker Space Studio. The Maker Space Studio contains a sink and can also be utilized for wet processes. Our Maker Space can hold up to 30 students at a time.
Maker Space Artist in Residence Program
The museum hosts an Artist in Residence every three months. Each artist is required to host Open Studio hours at least three days a week. AIR also exhibit their work in the Maker Space Gallery during their residency. Artists are also required to create a community-based project during their residency. School groups now have the opportunity to include a visit with the Artist in residence during their tour.
School Tours (K-12)
Age and grade specific projects and gallery activities
45-minute guided tour
45-minute textile based hands-on art activity
Visual Thinking Strategies
Learning through Visual Arts Content Standards
Our Teaching Methods
Our Docents are trained in Visual Thinking Strategies. Docents are also required to follow the Visual Arts Content Standards for the state of California and gain an understanding of the Common Core standards. Our Docents also focus on inquiry-based learning.
VTS provides students with the opportunity to engage in conversation during their visit. During our guided tours, our Docents discuss 4-6 works. We ask students to take a few minutes and closely observe the selected piece. We find that using VTS allows the students to lead the conversation based on their responses. It also gives students the opportunity to engage in a deeper investigation of the object. By implementing VTS students can make connections with the work from their own personal experiences and develop their own interpretations of the work.
Sample VTS Questions
What is the first thing that you notice in the piece?
“Does the piece remind you of anything?” “If so, what does it remind you of?” “How so?”
“What is going on in the piece?” “What do you see that makes you say that?”
“Do you think the artist is trying to tell us something? If so what is the message that they are trying to convey?”
Benefits of VTS
Encourages students to observe closely
Encourages students to think critically
To learn more about VTS visit http://www.vtshome.org/
After your Tour
Visit our Museum store or have lunch at El Parque de Los Pobladores located across the street from the museum.
The tour fee is $125.00 for a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 25 students. There is no charge for teachers and chaperones.
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We also provide tours for Summer Camps, After-School Programs, Homeschool Groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
School tours are conducted Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Tours are not offered on the First Friday of the month.
To book your school tour, fill out our School Tour Submission form at http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/tours-sjmqt-art-design-siliconvalley/
To learn more about the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and our upcoming exhibitions go to http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/