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30 Americans Teacher Workshop
November 9, 2019
9:30 am–1 pm
Free; registration required
For teachers of grades 5–12

This fall, the Barnes will present 30 Americans, an exciting exhibition featuring works by 30 influential contemporary African American artists. Drawn from the exceptional Rubell Family Collection, the show includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Barkley L. Hendricks, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley. The artists explore identity against a backdrop of pervasive stereotyping—of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class—addressing intersectional politics in unique and powerful ways.

The Barnes is offering this free opportunity for teachers to take a tour of 30 Americans and learn how to use art to spark important conversations about race and identity with their students. The workshop will include a presentation by curator Diane Turner and librarian Aslaku Berhanu of Temple University’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, one of the nation’s leading research facilities for the study of African American history and culture. They will give historical context for works in the exhibition, helping to provide a deeper understanding of the show. Lesson plans, related images, and source documents will be available for easy adaptation in the classroom.



Kehinde Wiley. Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares, 2005. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Math in Art — Online Teacher Training
October 21–December 15, 2019
$250; members $225
$50 additional fee for Act 48 credits

Tuition waivers are available for a limited number of teachers in Title 1 schools! Apply now.

Math in Art offers you a chance to explore how art and math integration can invigorate students and bring curriculum to life. Learn techniques from museum educators and math experts, investigate artworks from a world-class collection, and practice skills through video with a community of your peers —all from your computer or mobile device!

This interactive online course is open to all K–12 teachers; no art or math teaching experience required. Each week, you will build your skills, starting with how to look closely at a work of art. You'll learn how to support an art dialogue with your students and how to add a math lens and facilitate math-based art experiences in your classroom.

Participants will receive:

  • Lesson plans, art posters, and teaching materials.
  • Free Barnes admission for the duration of the course, plus a pass to return at a later date with up to three guests.
  • 30 optional Act 48 credits are available to Pennsylvania teachers through the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership for an additional fee.

Course Overview:
Pre-Course Technology Meeting: Date TBD
Week 1: The Barnes and Experiential Learning Through Art
Week 2: Dr. Barnes’s Elements of Art
Week 3: Inquiry-Based Teaching Methods with Art
Week 4: Turning Art Dialogue into Math Inquiry
Week 5: The Math Elements of Art
Week 6: Creating Math & Art Lesson Plans

Free tuition will be offered to a limited number of teachers working in Title 1 schools. Applicants will be selected based on eligibility, including the percentage of low-income students served by their school and a statement of interest. Eligible teachers should apply for a fee waiver by Friday, September 13.



French. Latch, 18th–19th century; Navajo. Third Phase Chief’s Blanket, c. 1870–1875; Charles Demuth. Piano Mover’s Holiday, 1919

Art of Math Challenge Teacher Workshop
October 3, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30pm

Get ready for the Barnes Foundation’s Art of Math Challenge 2019–20! The Barnes will be hosting a free workshop to prepare teachers for this one-of-a-kind math and art competition. The workshop will include an overview of the challenge, hands-on activities to demonstrate student-led math, and helpful tips for guiding your students through the process.


About the Challenge

In the Art of Math Challenge, students use math strategies to design and build a 3-D scale model of a painting in the Barnes collection. They collaborate as a group to build the model and write a description of their mathematical process. The competition culminates with an exhibit of all submitted models at the Barnes’s PECO Free First Sunday Family Day on March 1, 2020.

Each participating class must provide:

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

Registration: January 1–31, 2020
Submissions due: February 21, 2020
Exhibition: March 1, 2020

Email us for more information or see our FAQ.


Summer Teacher Institute 2019:
Hands-On, Minds-On: Teaching Through Art

Sold out. To be wait-listed, email us.
Monday, July 22 – Thursday, July 25 9am – 3:30pm
$295; members $265
Optional Act 48 credit included in price
Graduate credit available for additional fee

The 2019 Summer Teacher Institute will focus on providing educators with art-based therapeutic strategies to engage with students about important social issues in their world and the effect these issues have on their everyday lives. In addition, teachers will learn practical techniques for their own self-care, including art-based meditation and mindfulness exercises. The four-day institute features hands-on workshops with Barnes staff and special presenters; exclusive access to the collection; a preview and guided tour of the new special exhibition I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola; and more, including:

  • Artist, musician, and educator LaTreice V. Branson will show how simple self-care exercises can recharge the mind and body, sparking creative wellness.
  • Lisa Kay, of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, will discuss therapeutic strategies for students and teachers.
  • Preview works in 30 Americans, an exhibition opening October 2019, showcasing influential African American artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, and Nick Cave.
  • Registration includes daily catered lunch, discounts for parking and the Barnes Shop, complimentary access to the collection during the week of the institute, and a pass to return at a later date with up to three guests.
  • Resources for classroom lessons, including lesson plans and ideas for integrating art across the curriculum into content areas such as English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Act 48 credit is provided by the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Students may also earn 2 graduate credits by completing structured assignments and paying an additional $500 in tuition to the University of the Arts.

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.