Elementary & Middle School Tours

Elementary & Middle School Programs:

PAFA offers interactive, curriculum-based tours that are recommended for students in grades K – 8.  All tours are led by art educators and each visit includes three components: learning to look, discussion and response, and a hands-on project in response to the theme of the tour.

Museum Tours:

Telling Tales: Students will uncover the stories in paintings through comparing and contrasting, poetry writing and drawing. Tour meets significant goals in the National Common Core curriculum standards.

Art Speaks:  An art and language arts tour designed specifically for School District of Philadelphia 4th grade students, which provides free admission and transportation. Art Speaks is funded by Target and additional support is provided by TD Bank through the TD Charitable Foundation, the Hamilton Family Foundation, The Christopher Ludwick Foundation, and generous individual contributors. 

Picturing America 1740 - 1900: Learn about our country’s history by discussing paintings of William Penn, George Washington, Charles Willson Peale and other early American icons. Tour meets significant goals in the National Common Core curriculum standards.

Natural Wonders: Explore the American landscape through the eyes of artists and learn to draw elements of nature, explore weather patterns in paintings, and discuss environmental changes.

New Ideas, New Methods: Discover new ways artists use surprising materials and techniques and enable students to exercise visual and cognitive skills as they develop confidence in their own arguments and interpretations.