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Barnes Art Adventures: Livestream FAQs

What do we need to participate in Barnes Art Adventures?
Participants will need internet access and a Windows, Mac, iOS (iPhone and iPad), or Android device. Each class will be given a direct link to access their scheduled show via a secure website.

What grades can sign up for a Barnes Art Adventure?
We currently offer adventures for pre-K–8 students. Please email us for information about programs for older grade levels.

How do I reserve a Barnes Art Adventure?
Choose your grade level and preferred Barnes Art Adventure month and complete the online learning request form. Your participation will be confirmed via email by a member of our education team.

How do I tune in on our scheduled day/time?
About a week before showtime, teachers will receive an email with information including show details, chat rules, and a secure link to share with students and chaperones

Can we watch the show at a different time?
Shows are meant to be experienced live, as they include creative, interactive chat discussions with groups of students. We do not record shows for later use.

What time zone are you using for classes?
All shows are livestreamed in eastern time.

What is the minimum/maximum number of students to participate?
We can accommodate up to 180 students (or six classrooms) per live episode. Priority will be given to large school groups that can fill a full time slot. If you have fewer students or classrooms, you are invited to join us with the understanding that your students may share the livestream experience with students from another school.

Can I participate in the show?
Yes. We encourage teachers to log in from their own location and interact with students and speakers via chat. Teachers should, as appropriate, encourage students to respond to the show and ensure that all students are following the chat rules.

What are the chat rules?
1. Treat each other with kindness and respect.
2. Do not use language that is disrespectful to other participants.
3. Unkind comments will be deleted right away.
4. Have a great time!

Can I take attendance or give instructions to my students?
Teachers and students will be invited to log in five minutes before showtime to chat with students. Following their show, the Barnes will provide teachers with related analytics, including chat logs, number of participating students, and times students logged in and out.

Can I make special requests for my class’s Barnes Art Adventure?
We encourage you to provide details specific to your class in the request form so that we may think creatively about ways to engage with your group. Show topics and lessons are preplanned, and special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Can I schedule my class’s Barnes Art Adventure for a specific date or time?
No. Our weekly live shows involve staff members from many departments, so unfortunately the timing is not flexible. We recommend thinking of your Barnes Art Adventure as a field trip for scheduling purposes. Our 2021 live show schedule:

Pre-K–1: Thursdays, 9 – 9:30am
Grades 2–4: Wednesdays, 11 – 11:45am
Grades 5–8: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 – 1:45pm

Can I request more than one Barnes Art Adventure for my classroom?
Yes! Episodes change monthly. Priority will be given to classes participating for the first time.

What can I expect from a Barnes Art Adventure?
During each program, your student may be asked to:
• Respond to questions or participate in activities led by a Barnes educator or guest artist.
• Give reactions to artwork in a chat using emotes (like emojis) or keystrokes.
• Vote on various topics using an interactive poll.

How does my class interact live on the platform?
You and your students can interact directly with art experts, in real time, through a chat feature and emotes, or descriptive emojis, called PECs (Picture Exchange Communication system). By choosing a particular PEC, students can share how they feel about a painting or describe what they are seeing.

For example, our presenters might zoom in on a painting and ask students to choose a PEC that matches certain visual elements, such as lines, textures, or space. In effect, the PEC system is a new visual language that helps children of many learning levels and abilities, including ELL or nonverbal students, communicate with the presenters and each other.

How does the show align with my curricular standards?
Pre-K–1 students explore topics such as feelings and nature, encouraging them to communicate in different ways. Older students learn about STEM art careers and how to see through an artist’s lens.

In each episode, students practice creative and critical thinking. They learn about art and artists, participate in guided activities, and communicate in real-time using an innovative chat feature that allows students to express their thoughts and feelings through words and pictures.

What security and safety protocols are in place?
Teachers and students will be assigned a one-time personal link to log in before their episode.

Barnes staff members monitor the chat feature during the live show, and moderators ensure conversations are productive and fun for everyone. Our moderators can ban/block/delete participants if they are not following the chat rules.

How can I contact the Barnes’s education team?
Email us or call 215.278.7308 before your show. Technical help will be available during your show.