Come to the Barnes, or we'll come to you. Our programs will nourish your students’ imaginations and serve your curricular goals.
Grant-funded programs are available for the School District of Philadelphia (pre-K–12), Catholic schools in the Delaware Valley (grades 5–7), and Camden Catholic Partnership Schools (grade 3).
Free programs include:
- An interactive in-school lesson led by Barnes educators or one or more professional teaching artists, featuring visual and written materials that provide the educational foundation for an art-making activity.
- A structured visit to the collection galleries led by Barnes docents and staff with additional age-appropriate activities; transportation included.
- A second in-school lesson led by Barnes educators or one or more professional teaching artists, during which reproductions of works from the collection are used as inspiration for writing or the creation of original artwork.
- Enriching extension activities and reading selections that emphasize interdisciplinary connections and encourage learning in the classroom before, during, and after the program.
Space is limited. If grant-funded programs are full or unavailable for your grade level, teachers are encouraged to participate in one of our general programs. Students in the School District of Philadelphia are invited to participate in any of our general programs free of charge, including busing.
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 Lauren Neach, early childhood programs coordinator, for details.
Pictures and Words (Grade 3)
Third graders read paintings like text by making claims about what characters, setting, and main idea the artists present in their works. Students build inference-making skills by identifying those parts of the story and learning how artists use elements such as colors, lines, and shapes to convey that story.
Art of Looking (Grades 5–6)
This is a STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) exploring the elements of composition—light, line, color, and space—and their connection to other subject areas. Fifth graders examine art from artistic and scientific perspectives; sixth graders use mathematical vocabulary to analyze paintings.
Artist Voices (Grade 7)
Learn how works of art express an artist’s voice and view of the world. Students explore the Barnes collection and discover artists who may seem tame to us now but were radical rule-breakers in their time, defying convention to express their viewpoints. Students explore their own artistic voices in writing and artwork.
Education Outreach Donors
The Barnes Foundation gratefully acknowledges our donors for their generous support of pre-K through 12 education outreach programs in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas
Joan and Bernard Spain
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Syde Hurdus Foundation
William Penn Foundation
The Barnes Foundation smART Fund for Education, established by GSK, is an endowment that provides generous annual support for K–8 education outreach programs in the School District of Philadelphia.
Subaru of America, Inc. generously supports education outreach programs in Camden, NJ and provides a vehicle for Barnes educators to use for travel to Philadelphia and Camden city schools.
Education outreach programs for School District of Philadelphia students are generously supported by gifts made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The Barnes Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their support.
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
J. P. Mascaro & Sons
Pine Street Group LP