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Artist Voices (Grade 7)

About the Program

Artist Voices 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.

Seventh graders learn how works of art express an individual artist’s voice and view of the world. Students look closely at paintings and objects and analyze artists’ creative choices, interpreting their messages and comparing points of view while supporting claims with visual evidence. Students tour the Barnes collection and discover artists who were radical rule-breakers in their time, defying convention to express new views. Seventh graders begin to explore their own points of view in writing and through artwork. 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 Artist Voices, students will be able to:

  • Develop visual literacy and critical-thinking skills by looking closely at and interpreting works of art.
  • Draw on their experiences to interpret artists’ work and voices and support claims with visual evidence.
  • Build art vocabulary and use aesthetic principles, including color, line, shape, and form, to analyze works in the Barnes collection.
  • Express their artistic voices in works of art using conventions they establish.

Artist Voices addresses the following English Language Arts and Visual Arts standards:
Pennsylvania Core Standards:

  • 1.2 Reading Informational Text
    Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
  • 1.3 Reading Literature
    Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
    Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences, conclusions, and/or generalizations drawn from the text.
    Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
    Analyze how the structure or form of a text contributes to its meaning.
  • 1.4 Writing
    Students write for different purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content.
  • 1.5 Speaking and Listening
    Students present appropriately in formal speaking situations, listen critically, and respond intelligently as individuals or in group discussions

National Visual Arts Standards:

  • Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.
    Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.