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Come to the Barnes, or we'll come to you. Our programs will nourish your students’ imaginations and serve your curricular goals.

General Programs

General gallery programs are available to all K–12 students. We tailor these one-hour lessons to meet the needs, abilities, and grade level of each group. Gallery lessons run weekdays, October through June; register at least 30 days in advance. $5 per person, including chaperones; free for all Philadelphia School District schools.

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General Introduction

Explore highlights of the history and collection of the Barnes Foundation. Using the concepts of line, light, color, and space, learn to analyze ensembles and individual works of art.

Storytelling in Art

This program, for kindergarten to 2nd grade, integrates literacy by identifying storytelling elements in works of art.

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Learn about the qualities of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Using color, light, and brushstroke, evaluate the artistic representation of the world in a selection of pieces


Using color, light, line, and space as well as the ideas of balance, symmetry, and unity, consider how works in ensembles fit together. Learn to make comparisons and see connections between art of different cultures, mediums, periods, and styles.

Landscapes in Art and Nature

View and compare landscape paintings in a lesson that focuses on the visual qualities of nature and how artists capture nature in their art.


Through a close look at images of people, discuss how artists use tools and materials, including color, brushstroke, and composition, to express identity.

Self-Guided Visits

Students in grades 8–12 are permitted to self-tour the collection as well as any special exhibitions. Pre-visit materials are available, and admission to special exhibitions is included in the ticket price. Admission is $5 per person, including chaperones; free for all Philadelphia School District schools. Groups can also choose to add a self-guided experience after their one-hour guided tours.