Come to the Barnes, or we’ll come to you. Our programs will nourish your students’ imaginations and serve your curricular goals.
Field trips are available for all K–12 students. We tailor our one-hour tours and lessons to meet the needs, abilities, and grade level of each group.
Weekdays, October through June; register at least 30 days in advance.
$5 per person; free, including busing, for a limited number of School District of Philadelphia schools.
Special Exhibition: 30 Americans
Students in grades 5–12 are invited to view 30 Americans (October 27, 2019–January 12, 2020), featuring painting, sculpture, and photography by important influential African American artists of the past four decades. The hour-long experience includes a tour of the special exhibition with Barnes educators and pre- and post-visit materials.
This program encourages students in grades 5–8 to think mathematically about artworks by examining the shapes, sizes, numbers, and space in compositions, then use their discoveries to tell stories and find meaning in the artist’s choices.
Students explore highlights of the history and collection of the Barnes Foundation. Using the concepts of line, light, color, and space, they learn to analyze ensembles and individual works of art.
Storytelling in Art
This program for K–2 students integrates literacy with art by identifying storytelling elements in works in the collection.
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Students learn about the qualities of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Using color, light, and brushstroke, they 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, students consider how works in ensembles fit together. They learn to make comparisons and see connections between art of different cultures, mediums, periods, and styles.
Landscapes in Art and Nature
Students 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 close looking at images of people, students learn how artists use tools and materials, including color, brushstroke, and composition, to express identity.
Students in grades 8–12 are permitted to self-tour the collection or any special exhibitions with their chaperones. Pre-visit materials are available, and admission to special exhibitions is included in the ticket price. Self-guided admission is $5 per person; free for School District of Philadelphia schools.
Students in grades 8–12 may follow a guided tour with a self-guided tour for additional time in the galleries. $10 per person; free for School District of Philadelphia schools.