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Field Trips

MOCHA Field Trips are a great way to spend the school year. We offer an array of art lessons and can customize curriculum based on what you are learning in your classroom. Your family, class or community group will participate in an engaging art lesson led by a professional teaching artist. MOCHA Field Trips are not just for young children; we frequently have middle school and high school students participate, too!


Lessons include an educational presentation as well as opportunities for hands-on making. For Pre-K, each lesson is 1 hour long and we can accommodate up to 20 students. For K-12, each lesson is 1.5 hours long and we can accommodate up to 30 students. Groups larger than the accommodation may require a second reservation and groups may be staggered.

Days & Times

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 10:30am
11:00am - 12:30pm
1:00pm - 2:30pm


Pre-K - $175 (up to 25 students)

K-12 - $175 (up to 30 students)

Offsite - email for rates

Custom - $225

Pre-K Art Lessons

Students will explore art through literature by hearing a story then exploring hands-on art stations related to the book. Activities will include painting, drawing, clay sculpture, color mixing, clay and collage.

Choose a book from the selection below:

  • It's Okay To Be Different By Todd Parr

  • Mouse Paint By Ellen Stoll Walsh

  • From Head To Toe By Eric Carle

K–12 Art Lessons

All of our lessons are developmentally appropriate and based on the California Visual Arts Standards. Choose a lesson from our list below and a MOCHA teaching artist will discuss how to adapt projects to your curriculum goals.

Alexander Calder Mobiles

Students study the work of Alexander Calder and create stationary mobiles inspired by his work. Using clay, wire and other materials students will learn sculpting techniques and design skills.

Art of the Mask

Observe mask designs from around the world. Using papers, oil pastel or paint and collage materials, students create colorful masks that teach the elements of shape, pattern and symmetry.

Dreamtime Animals

An introduction to the art of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and the meaning and stories behind their stylized artworks. Using paints and oil pastels students create their own dreamtime animals that inspire stories.

Clay Exploration & Pinch Pots

The history of pottery is discussed as students learn about what clay is and where it comes from. A hands-on lesson where students learn various techniques including the ancient method of pinch pots and coil pots.They will also learn how to shape three-dimensional figures and incorporate them into sculptures.


Afrofuturistic multimedia projects are a fun way to build art skills, imagine positive unique realities and envision amazing technological advances. They are great conversation starters in reimagining the past, being creative in the present and envisioning together to build a phenomenal future. From the styles found in Wakanda, to futuristic portraits, and science fiction inspired sculptures; this field trip will encourage students to think and create with innovative, artistic, beautiful, and empowering futures in mind. 

Faith Ringgold Quilt Collage

Students will first take a look at the work of Faith Ringgold and discuss what is important to them and why they are thankful for their families, friends and communities. Next, they will draw and paint a mini scene that captures an important memory. Lastly, they will collage an elaborate border using mixed media paper and fabric.


Artists like Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh and Henry Matisse are viewed as students discuss what makes a portrait and then learn how to use proportion to create colorful and whimsical pictures of themselves or any other abstract faces they can come up with. Medium Options: Collage / Watercolor


After discussing printmaking and how it has evolved today, a brief lesson on the horizon line is followed by students creating one of a kind landscape prints while also mixing colors on their print plates.

Recycled Sculpture - available for onsite field trips only

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Students learn about taking one person’s trash and turning it into their own personal treasures. They discover how to construct sculptures or architectural structures out of recycled materials.

Sumi-E Brush Painting

Students learn about the history and art of brush painting. Practice several painting techniques and create an Asian-type scroll in the traditional Sumi style.

For more information, contact Museum Programs Manager: Shannon Meadors (

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