di Rosa holds the largest collection of Bay Area art in the world, which is exhibited on the grounds of a beautiful nature preserve in Napa. Offering school group tours for all levels, it’s the perfect place to introduce your students to the richness of local art. On February 8th, di Rosa is hosting an Educators Open House where you are invited to learn more about the tours, and enjoy the art (and wine and cheese).
KQED’s collection of videos and Educator Guides about the creative process has many artists in common with the di Rosa collection including Viola Frey, Hung Liu, Enrique Chagoya, David Ireland, Sandow Birk, Paul Kos, Richard Shaw, and many more
Before heading to di Rosa with your class, introduce your students to Rene di Rosa, the generous and witty collector who built his beloved collection with his wife Veronica, and later gifted it to the public. Rene di Rosa was featured on Spark and in the PBS Documentary, Smitten. Check out our Spark Educator Guide for classroom activity ideas related to collecting.
A di Rosa exhibition of Oakland artists and parts of the collection were featured in a recent Gallery Crawl episode.
Have you been to di Rosa or taken your students on a tour? Leave a comment and tell us all about it. And don’t miss out on the Educators Open House, February 8 from 4-6pm.