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Barnes Art Adventures
Are you looking for a virtual museum experience for your students? Barnes Art Adventures bring free art-based learning to you with interactive shows for pre-K–8 students—livestreamed directly to your computer or smart device.
Led by Barnes educators and featuring guest artists, Barnes Art Adventures invite students to explore, analyze, create, and learn—together or apart. Our programs use an arts-integrated teaching approach, and we offer choices of topics and dates to meet curricular needs. Shows can provide live instruction for students learning from their devices or enable students in multiple locations to learn at the same time. See our FAQ for more details and schedule your adventure today! (See more online learning opportunities here.)
Explore and Create (Pre-K–1)
Early learners experience an interactive show that uses art to explore new ideas, places, and cultures. Students will look at nature in art—including depictions of plants, animals, and real or imaginary landscapes—and even find out what it means to try something new. Episodes feature art, stories, and characters from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
In each episode, a story is read aloud and followed by a discussion about artwork where students are introduced to key concepts and vocabulary. Students and adults work together to respond to the show’s activities, and grown-ups can use the chat feature to share the child’s experiences with the show. Teachers can explore more with postshow materials to share with students. 30 minutes
An Artist’s Lens (Grades 2–4)
Artists question, examine, and share their experiences through their work. In this series, students explore the Barnes collection and other contemporary artwork and discover how artists use their creativity to see the world around them. In each episode, students will be inspired to think like artists and to explore, observe, and experiment based on their surroundings. Students make inferences as they build art vocabulary using a chat feature where they can give their opinion in a poll, make written comments, and use visual art emojis to analyze what they see. This innovative picture-exchange communication encourages close observation and group conversation in a whole new way. Students will be encouraged to continue to express these ideas about art in post-episode activities. 45 minutes
Art: Your Story (Grades 5–8)
We all have important stories to tell. Storytelling helps us learn and share our experiences with others. Artists also tell stories creatively through their artwork, and if we look closely, we can find elements of a story in their work. In this series, we look at artwork from the Barnes collection and reflect on the stories and emotions that the artists are expressing. In each episode, educator and artist Jihan Thomas engages students through short videos, art-making demonstrations, live chats, and more, encouraging them to explore how and why artists make connections to objects. After the show, students can respond in writing to comprehension questions and creative writing prompts or with their own art. 45 minutes
STEAM Challenge (Grades 5–8)
In this series, we go behind the scenes with art professionals—game designers, animators, conservators, and more—to explore how science and math skills are used in their fields. Students will gain real-world context for important STEM concepts.
How do you design a video game based on the mathematic relationships between objects in a scene? How can observing natural environments or human behavior inform the creation of animated stories? Students will investigate these questions and more, and work with Barnes educators and guest artists in creative STEM fields to solve a challenge! Activities address Next Generation Science Standards or Standards for Mathematical Practice. 45 minutes