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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.

Free Sundays for Educators

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


Art of Math Challenge 2019
Submission deadline: February 22, 2019
Free; register by January 25, 2019

The Art of Math Challenge is a math-based art competition in which groups of K–12 students create 3-D models of paintings, culminating in an exhibition at the Barnes on March 3, 2019.

Each participating class must provide:

  • A 3-D scale model of one of three paintings, created using student-led mathematical strategies 
  • A written statement describing the mathematical strategies and artistic design used to make the scale model
  • A photograph of the model taken from an angle that represents the best viewer perspective

View competition guidelines and email us with additional questions.


Summer Teacher Institute 2019
Tuesday, July 23 – Friday, July 26, 2019

At our annual Summer Teacher Institute, teachers will receive images and lesson plans designed to engage students in the classroom or to prepare them for a class field trip to see the Barnes in person. Workshops will include art making, poetry writing, and other activities. 

Act 48 credits provided by Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership.

Graduate credits provided by the University of the Arts PIE program for additional fee.

Sign up for updates about courses and registration; email us for additional details about credit opportunities.