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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.

Barnes Art Adventures

Our live interactive shows bring art-based learning directly to students via their computer or smart device. Barnes Art Adventures use an arts-integrated approach to teach across curriculums with age-appropriate activities and include teacher resources designed for our innovative online learning format. Shows provide live instruction for students learning from their devices in school or at home and enable students in multiple locations to learn at the same time. All programs include resources to share with students.

Led by Barnes educators and featuring guest artists, shows ask students to explore, analyze, create, and learn about art while practicing appropriate “netiquette.” Students use chat and emoji features to actively engage and respond to hosts, moderators, and peers live in real time. Barnes Art Adventures are designed for students in grades 2 and up to join individually from their own devices; shows for pre-K–1 can be shared via the teacher’s device to a screen or smartboard.

New for 2022–23: Request a customized Barnes Art Adventure show for your group, class, or school on your schedule! Choose from several topics per grade band and offer input on how we can best interact with your students to pique their interest in art and the world around them and to enhance what they are currently learning in the classroom.

Free episodes take place the first Monday and Friday of each month and are available to all Title 1 School District of Philadelphia public and charter schools. Space is limited, and registration is required. See 2022–23 schedule and episode descriptions.

Pricing for Customized Barnes Art Adventures:
Title 1 or School District of Philadelphia Schools: 10–120 students, $100 (1 moderator); 121–300 students, $200 (2 moderators)
Other Schools: 10–120 students, $200 (1 moderator); 121–300 students, $300 (2 moderators)

See our  FAQ  for more details and schedule your adventure today! Find more online learning opportunities in our teacher resources.

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Explore and Create (Pre-K–1)

Early learners experience an interactive show that uses art to explore new ideas, places, and cultures. Students will look at nature in art—including depictions of plants, animals, and real or imaginary landscapes—and even find out what it means to try something new. Episodes feature art, stories, and characters from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

In each episode, educators read a story aloud, lead a discussion about artworks, and introduce key concepts and vocabulary. Students and adults work together to respond to the show’s activities, and grown-ups can use the chat feature to share the child’s experiences. 30 minutes

2022–23 episode guide

An Artist’s Lens (Grades 2–4)

Artists question, examine, and share their experiences through their work. In this show, students explore the Barnes collection and other contemporary artwork and discover how artists use their creativity to see the world around them. Students are inspired to think like artists and to explore, observe, and experiment based on their surroundings. Students make inferences as they build art vocabulary using a chat feature where they can give their opinion in a poll, make written comments, and use visual art emojis to analyze what they see. Students are encouraged to continue to express these ideas about art in post-show activities. 45 minutes

2022–23 episode guide

Fresh Careers and Concepts (Grades 5–8)

Fresh Careers and Concepts begins in 2023. Go behind the scenes with art professionals—from conservators, curators, and preparators to audiovisual technicians, security, frontline staff, and more! Explore how STEAM skills are used in these career fields and gain real-world context for important STEAM concepts. Students work with Barnes educators and guests in creative STEAM fields to collaborate, explore, ask questions, make connections, and solve problems.  45 minutes

2023 episode guide: coming soon