Come to the Barnes, or we’ll come to you. Our programs will nourish your students’ imaginations and serve your curricular goals.
The Barnes provides free in-depth programming to partner schools in the School District of Philadelphia (pre-K and grades 3, 5, and 7), Catholic schools in the Delaware Valley (grades 3, 5, and 7), Camden Catholic Partnership Schools (grade 3), and Camden public schools (pre-K). Students receive an online pre-visit lesson, a field trip to the Barnes, and a post-visit lesson at their school. These programs include materials, busing, and admission costs.
Look! Reflect! Connect! (Pre-K)
Look! Reflect! Connect! emphasizes the role of visual arts in the lives of pre-kindergarten students, educators, and parents by expanding the typical early childhood concept of art, which focuses on making, to the experience of looking at and talking about art and artists.
Program by invitation only. Email us for details.
Pictures and Words (Grade 3)
Third graders create artworks that show individual expression using a variety of artistic processes and materials and identify, through strong observational skills, how color, line, and shape work as key details to convey the story in a work of art. During their Barnes visit, students learn to read paintings by making claims about the setting, characters, and the main idea represented in the artist’s work.
Art of Looking (Grade 5)
This STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) explores the elements of composition—light, line, color, space, and shape—and their connection to other subject areas including English language arts and visual arts. Students become art detectives, examining works from both artistic and scientific perspectives and creating claims about meaning in artworks supported by evidence.
Artist Voices (Grade 7)
Seventh graders learn how works of art express an artist’s voice and view of the world. Students explore the Barnes collection and discover artists who were radical rule-breakers in their time, defying convention to express their viewpoints. Students explore their own artistic voices in writing and artwork, both in their classrooms and at the Barnes.
School Program Donors
The Barnes Foundation gratefully acknowledges its donors for their generous support of pre-K–12 education programs in the Philadelphia region. This list reflects gifts made between January 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021.
The 1830 Family Foundation
Eugene and Joann Bissell
Caroline J. S. Sanders Trust 2
The CHG Charitable Trust
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
The Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Robert Cohen and Deborah Peikes
The Dean and Ann Witter Fund for Charitable Giving
Dr. Andrew F. Drake
Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund
James Fernberger and Mary Walto
Julia and David Fleischner
Nancy Gordon and Stew Bolno
Sam and Laurie Marshall
Louis Nayovitz Foundation
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Jerome and Sandra Schwartz
Syde Hurdus Foundation
Thanks to a generous endowment gift, Puentes a las Artes / Bridges to the Arts and all of the Barnes’s community engagement programs are made possible, in part, by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. critically supports education programs in Camden, NJ, and provides a vehicle for Barnes educators to use for travel to Philadelphia and Camden schools.
Pre-K–12 education programs for School District of Philadelphia students are generously supported by gifts made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The Barnes gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their support: