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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 
October 10
4:30 – 6pm
Free; registration required

This workshop offers information about the Art of Math Challenge, 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. Meet the art educators and math experts involved in the challenge, ask questions about the competition, and learn strategies to help your students think mathematically about art. We’ll provide competition guidelines and a schedule.


Math in Art
Online Course
October 29 – December 16
$250; $225 members
Free course admission for a limited number of teachers in Title 1 schools
Additional Act 48 credit fee of $50

This six-week online course will introduce you to the endless possibilities for integrating art and math in the classroom. Learn techniques from math teachers and museum educators, look closely at artworks from a world-class collection, and practice your new skills with a community of your peers.

Participants will receive lesson plans, art posters, and teaching materials plus free admission to the Barnes for the duration of your course, to help bring art and math to life for your students. This course is open to all k–12 teachers; no art or math teaching experience required. 30 Act 48 credits are available for an additional fee through the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership.


Week 1: The Barnes and Experiential Learning Through Art
Week 2: Barnes's Elements of Art
Week 3: Inquiry-Based Teaching Methods with Art
Week 4: Turning an Art Dialogue into Math Inquiry
Week 5: The "Math Elements of Art"
Week 6: Creating Math & Art Lesson Plans

Free course admission will be offered to a limited number of teachers working in Title 1 schools. Applicants will be selected based on their eligibility, including the percentage of low-income students served by the teacher’s school, and a statement of interest. Eligible teachers should apply online for free course admission by Sunday, September 23. 


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.