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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.

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.

Teacher Workshops

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community

October 2, 2021, 10 am–1 pm.
Free; registration required.

Offered in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

This online workshop will prepare teachers for visits and discussions about the spring exhibition Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community, opening February 20, 2022. Educators will discuss culturally responsive approaches to introducing Native culture and traditions to K–12 students. Teachers will go behind the scenes with master Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pet as they share their processes.

2022 Art of Math Challenge: Event + Workshops

The Challenge for K–12: Use math strategies to design and build a 3-D scale model of a painting. Collaborate as a group to build the model and write a description of their mathematical process. The competition culminates with a display of all submitted models at the Barnes’s PECO Free First Sunday Family Day on March 6, 2022. During the event, student groups will be interviewed about their artwork and statement. Learn more about the competition. The deadline to register is January 31, 2022.

Teacher Workshop: Part 1
October 14, 2021, 4:30–6:30 pm
Free; registration required.
In this virtual workshop, teachers can learn more about the Art of Math Challenge competition and strategies for engaging students and encouraging them to problem-solve to create their models.

Art of Math Challenge Competition / PECO Free First Sunday Family Day
March 6, 2022, 10 am–4 pm
Free; open to all participants.
Models are presented and voted on. Participants are interviewed and may be featured on our website or in other publications.

Teacher Workshop: Part 2
March 10, 2022, 4:30–6:30 pm
Free; open to all participants.
In this post-competition workshop, held after the March 6 event, teachers can get feedback from math experts on their students' work and learn strategies for future projects or the next Challenge.

2022 Summer Teacher Institute

July 28 and 29, 2022, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Registration required.

Save the date for the Summer Teacher Institute. This two-day workshop is an immersive experience with the Barnes collection. Educators will learn to use an arts-integrated approach to advance curricular goals in other content areas. The institute will feature a visit to the special exhibition Issac Julien: Statues Never Die. Sign up for teacher updates to receive more information.

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.

Special Topics

  • Juneteeth: Create a freedom flag for Juneteenth. Learn more about the holiday with this fun art activity and the video lesson below. Activity sheet: English/Spanish.