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Art of Looking (Grade 5)

About the Program

Art of Looking is a grant-funded program that provides participating classes with a field trip and busing to the Barnes Foundation and a pre- and post-visit outreach lesson at their school.

This program is based on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) principles, using project-based learning and hands-on activities to explore art at the Barnes. Students focus on using scientific investigation to answer questions about an artwork, including how to identify the materials used to make it. Students are encouraged to connect what they discover about an artwork to its subject, context, and meaning. Teachers also receive lesson plans and extension activities to incorporate writing exercises and continue learning beyond the three-part program.

Pre-K–12 Program Goals:

  • To help students and teachers of all backgrounds feel comfortable and confident in a museum setting.
  • To give students and teachers the basic tools for “reading” works of art and for thinking critically about the image-saturated world around them.
  • To help students and teachers of all backgrounds find relevance in our collection.
  • To support students’ academic growth by aligning lessons with curricular standards and modeling arts integration for teachers and providing resources for teachers.

By the end of Art of Looking, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a work of art using vocabulary such as light, line, color, space, and shape.
  • Use the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning format of science investigation to explore the materials used to make artworks.
  • Create claims about meaning in artworks supported by observable evidence as well as visual, oral, or written evidence.

Art of Looking addresses the following curriculum standards:

Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Practice #3 - Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Practice #6 - Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Practice #7 - Engaging in argument from evidence

Next Generation Science Standards: Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Concept #1 - Patterns: Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

National Visual Arts Standards:

  • VA:Re8.1 - Interpret art by analyzing characteristics of form and structure, contextual information, subject matter, visual elements, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
  • VA:Cr2.1 - Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches.