Skip to content Skip to footer


Come to the Barnes, or we’ll come to you. Our programs will nourish your students’ imaginations and serve your curricular goals.

Barnes Art Adventures

Barnes Art Adventures is a new interactive educational program livestreaming on this spring. Designed by Barnes educators, the program brings art and artists directly to students.

Watch live episodes Wednesdays at 11am on, beginning May 13. You’ll find follow-up activities related to each episode here, as well as links to recorded shows.

If you have questions about the program or a specific episode, please email us.

Ep. 2: Public Art and Mural Making

In this episode, we looked at public art in Philadelphia as well as large-scale works in the Barnes collection with Taty Hernandez, a teaching artist from Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Watch the episode. (aired May 20, 2020)

Related Art + Activities

Ep. 2: Public Art and Mural Making

In this episode, we talked about:

Henri Matisse’s
The Dance

El Greco’s
Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth

Now try these activities:

Public Art Poetry
Public art makes our outdoor spaces more beautiful. Philadelphia has so many murals that some call it the City of Murals! Write a poem inspired by your favorite Philly mural from Mural Arts’ website.

Math Messages
Did you know that artworks can communicate hidden math messages? Explore the math and geometry that artists use to create their compositions.

Origami: Math and Art
Challenge your art and math skills by making origami! Follow the steps to fold a paper boat.

Matisse’s Maquettes
Henri Matisse used paper cutouts to create maquettes, or models, of larger artworks. Learn about this method and design a stained glass window from paper.

Upcoming Episodes

Ep. 3: Puppet Theater

Learn about how art and theater intersect by looking at works by painter Henri Rousseau. Meet puppeteer Sebastienne Mundheim from White Box Theatre and make your own puppets from materials at home.

Watch live via on Wednesday, May 27, at 11 am ET.

Past Episodes

Ep. 1: Circus Arts at the Barnes

This week, we looked at circus-inspired paintings in the Barnes collection and met a performer from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts!

Watch the episode. (aired May 13, 2020)

Related Art + Activities

Charles Demuth’s
Two Acrobats in Red Tights
In Vaudeville: Two Acrobat-Jugglers

Georges Rouault’s
Acrobat with Two Dogs (Clown)

Pablo Picasso’s
Acrobat and Young Harlequin

Now try these activities:

Home-Based Watercolors

Experiment with watercolor to make your own circus figures. Try this easy recipe for homemade watercolors. No paintbrushes? Use an alternative:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Flowers or leaves
  • Cut-up sponges

Watercolor Challenge

Art Classification

Looking for art materials or more activities to do at home? Try the Barnes Shop. Mention "Barnes Art Adventure" for a discount.