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Teachers

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

Teacher Resources

Looking closely, listening openly, sharing observations—a pre-K–12 lesson with the Barnes Foundation encourages students to have a curious, creative voice. Learn more about our teaching philosophy, and find learning resources, workshops, and more for teachers. Sign up for emails to stay informed on new opportunities.

Free Sundays for Educators

We offer free general admission on Sundays to K–12 educators working in the School District of Philadelphia or Philadelphia parochial schools. Tickets can be redeemed on-site only, with school ID. Limit one ticket per educator. This benefit is made possible by an anonymous donor.

Lessons and Activities

Special Exhibitions
The Barnes offers opportunities for students and teachers to learn about artists and art in our special exhibitions. Use the resources below to connect your students to these shows

  • Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community (2022)
    This exhibition of approximately 100 works of Southwest Native American art explores Pueblo and Navajo pottery, textiles, and jewelry as living artistic traditions. Many artworks are from Dr. Barnes’s collection acquired in the 1930s, which are presented alongside works by contemporary Native American artists to highlight the connections between historic pieces and contemporary practices.
    Teacher Background
    Teacher Resources and Images
    Lesson Plan for Grades 5–8
    Contemporary Native Artists Slideshow

Special Topics

  • Art and Spirituality: Navajo Silver and Turquoise Jewelry
    Learn the significance of turquoise in Navajo culture and the origins of Navajo silversmithing with this resource sheet.
  • Juneteeth: Create a freedom flag for Juneteenth. Learn more about the holiday with this fun art activity sheet in English and Spanish.